Turning 40 and proving “them” wrong

Living Life in my 40s and loving it- so far anyway.

I’ve made it through another year on this earth. Not only have I survived, but thrived, despite reaching the “over the hill” mark.

I’d like to share my history, year in review and future outlook with everyone- no matter your age. Young or old, based on your birth certificate or your mentality, I hope you’re making the most of your life.

No one knows at what age this life will be over, but it’s not dying I’m talking about… It’s living.

Stubborn from a young age

I’ve always strived to prove people wrong. I’m not sure if that’s really good or bad, but I find it motivating. My parents even thought I should become a lawyer for awhile because all I wanted to do was argue (and prove people wrong).

Blonde and Blonde Jokes

I’ve been a blonde my entire life. Sure, the shades have varied, but I haven’t strayed far. With this natural and chosen hair color I’ve become the audience (and punch line) of almost every blonde joke in the book. I accept them with a good sense of humor… and then set off to prove them wrong.

Throwing Like a Girl

As a farm kid and young athlete, I often found myself in a “boy’s world”. I embraced it and tried to out-work and out-play any boy I was near. When hearing the term “throw like a girl” used as an insult, I snickered, replied with a thank you… and then set off to prove them wrong.

Defying my age

This childhood mentality has carried on to adulthood. I strive to work against the clock. I can’t, and don’t want to stop aging, but I don’t want to be “old” either. I’m aware that as I age, I’ll face limitations, but at the same time, if I’m told… “you’re too old for that”… I set off to prove them wrong.

Facing the Facts

I remember turning 30 and feeling depressed about falling short of everything I had imagined accomplishing by that age. I’ve matured a lot since, and at 40, I told myself, “you still have a lot of good years left- make it happen”.

Everyday is a new opportunity. Use it.

Start that project. Finish another. Learn a new skill. Expand your knowledge. Retire. Get a job. Plant a flower. Harvest a vegetable. Take the trip. Eat the cake. Buy the shoes.

During just my 40th year, I accomplished so many things. I don’t want to brag, but instead am using this as a way to motivate others. Age is truly just a number. Glance over my list and start creating your own- no matter what your “number” is.

  • Created a website
  • Lost 25 pounds
  • Quit my job
  • Built a pantry
  • Planted a garden
  • Enrolled in a class
  • Refinished an entertainment center
  • Contributed to the training and marketing of several horses
  • Created artwork with paint
  • Designed and installed a new backsplash
  • Started a blog
  • Cleaned my basement
  • Avoided Covid
  • Learned Pinterest
  • Traveled internationally twice, despite the pandemic
  • Wore a bikini without a cover-up for beach resort activities
  • Many other small things- or things I’m too old to remember, LOL
40… and the Future

Forty has possibly been my best year yet. It was lacking milestones like graduating, getting married, having a baby, etc. but for a run-of-the-mill year, it’s been great. Bring on 41!

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