This morning my darling husband reminded me that today was the last day I will be 40. Turning 40 wasn’t as big of a deal as 30 was for me. As a kid I thought 30 was old, so when it was my turn to become 30…well..do I have to go there? By the time I was 39, I was telling 40 to bring it on! For the first time ever, I was actually agreeing with the fashion industry. 40 is the new 30!
Before I began to blog this morning, I was looking back over the year. Wow, 40 has been a good year for me. WELLLLLL… remember 2 days after turning 40, my son and I were at the park. He had just finished the hand over hand monkey bars when he asked if I could do it. Sure, I thought! I got half way across before my arms gave out but I was ecstatic that I got that far. When I dropped down, I landed in a hole and fell chipping the bone in my ankle. The funny thing is when I went to the doctor to have it x-rayed.
“How did this happen?” Dr. asked.
“I fell off the monkey bars.” I quietly answered.
“Regina, why were you on the monkey bars?”
“I was proving that I could.” I replied “But, the only thing I proved was that a 40 year old 200+ woman shouldn’t be on the monkey bars.”
So, I guess you could say turning 40 was a little painful for me. But, 40 brought a lot of good things too. Mark’s parents took us to Disney World. It was my first visit. I got to be a kid again. I wanted to soak it all up. It was magical and I even got to be a princess for a day. It was a trip I will never forget.
40 has been the year for me to gain confidence. When I was in high school, I dreamed of becoming a writer. I loved writing more than anything back then. Sadly, in my senior year, the dream was shattered by my English teacher. She explained I would be better off teaching writing than becoming a writer. And that is what I did.. I taught. But this past year, I have focused on my writing. I’ve been sending out articles in hopes to be published and I have been working on a book. The confidence has been growing each day along with my blog. I can finally say I am living my dream.
40 brought wonderful people into my life. I have a mentor and friend, Melanie Chitwood. Her encouraging words and prayers have been what I needed to write and to speak. I met other bloggers while at a conference last summer: Antique Mommy and The Other Mama. Both have inspired me to “be me” in my blog. Plus, they are fun to follow!! And then, a dear friend from high school found me on Facebook. We have reconnected and I am blessed to have her back in my life.
40 may have started off painfully but is ending with countless blessings. I can’t wait to see what 41 brings.