My 40’s were fantastic! Beginning to realize with some hard work and determination, good things can happen, and those bad things, well, time will pass and you will eventually be able to march on with your head held high. There’s not that sense of “drama” that we seem to have when we are younger. I liked that about my 40’s. THEN, just before my 50th birthday, I panicked. WHERE had the time gone? What next?? I was a mess. Thinking my life was on the downhill slide!!!
Funny thing about our minds and the thoughts we put in them. I was starting to think very negatively! But thank goodness, the week before I turned 50, I found some photographs of my parents in their 50’s and realized “they seemed so young!” “They were having a lot of fun!”. They both seemed to enjoy their jobs at that time more than ever. I remember mom even made a big career change! So I decided 50 was going to be FABULOUS. No more of this negative thinking. I wanted to be HAPPY and find that joy…after all, I had put in all of those years of some bad and lots of good, surely I could put what I learned to good use, right?
So now as I’m in my 50’s and I want to say to all of those who panic about getting older…it’s OK. In fact, it’s better than ok. Since being 50, I’ve learned that everything I went through all of those years before got me to where I am now. I realized that I learned lessons that I would never have learned had I not lived through some really rough times. I have more confidence and my faith is at an all time high. I know that I am capable of doing what ever I put my mind to…and guess what, if I fail? It’s OK! I can pick up, dust off and do it again. I can laugh at myself now. I can take risks that I never had the courage to do before. I have learned that it’s OK to say NO. People are still going to like me. It’s also good to say YES. To go have fun. To travel more. We can’t take it with us, so get out there and see things!
I’m fortunate to still have my parents, and they live just a few minutes away. I admire them and how they enjoy life. They PLAN, and they DO. They have positive attitudes and talk to everyone they meet. My dad is 83 and my mom isn’t far from 80 (though I swear being around them I feel like they are so much younger than that!). So for me, I see the future as the BEST IS YET TO COME. Lots of memories to make, and quite the journey to continue on. We don’t know how long we have, so invest in your relationships and ENJOY your life! Continue to have a good work ethic! We have much to offer…so we can find what we are passionate about and jump in with both feet!
Celebrate each day! And one of my favorite sayings…”do what you love and love what you do!”