I met my friend Kirsten our sophomore year in college. But it wasn’t until our senior year, when we lived in the same apartment building that we were able to share many adventures. Since then I’ve appreciated all she brings to the world — a love for musical theater, a contagious laugh and a savvy sense for business. I’m thrilled that Kirsten is now living nearby and we are able to share adventures together and with our families. Thank you, Bohlke, for sharing your thoughts on 40 here at Motherlogue!
Life Lessons from a 4 Year-Old
By Kirsten Bohlke
As a newly-minted 40 year-old, I’ve recently found myself musing on such uplifting topics as wrinkles, old-lady hands, the BELLY (always the belly), the average lifespan for a reasonably healthy woman in the US (83), the age I’ll be when my youngest child graduates college (58) and the inevitable fact that I’ll soon need reading glasses. Yet thanks to my daughters, I’m also reminded daily of the things that actually matter. In fact, if my four year-old were to impart her most important life lessons thus far, I imagine they would be as follows:
- Always be open to making new friends
- Be silly
- If you see a rock, climb it
- Running is better than walking
- Love every inch of your body – it’s perfect just the way it is
- Find joy in the simplest of things – raindrops on your head, a spider in the kitchen, a rock on the sidewalk
- Play, and then play some more
- Kisses really do make things feel better
- The concept of time is essentially meaningless – what matters is right NOW
- Laugh and cry equally
- Always yearn to jump higher and run faster
- Be curious
- Hold hands. A lot.
- Actually believe you’re a princess. Or Harry Potter.
- Life is more magical if you believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny
- If you fall, get right back up and keep going
- Dancing without music is totally acceptable – and just as fun
- Dizziness is an exciting state of being, and is to be embraced
- Salsa is the most delicious food on the planet (okay – that may be unique to my 4 year-old)
- When swimming, just jump right in – the water is always fine
- The Wiggles are every bit as talented as Mozart
- Assume the best about people (and animals)
- When the opportunity arises, splash
- There is no such thing as being self-conscious
- Go to bed early (theoretically)
- Stop eating when you’re full
- ALL birthdays rock – even 40th birthdays
Here’s to the next amazing decade! I’m ready. Except for the wrinkles part.