Hello, 40

In my thirties, I got married and had babies. I lost a baby, too. I struggled with anxiety and retreated.

I grew confident, too. I conquered fears and gained some new ones.

I lost friends I thought would be with me forever, and gained ones I can’t believe I haven’t had my entire life. I let go. I clung. In my thirties, I spent time pondering my existence.

I found my birth mother. And a sister.

I opened doors better left closed and opened windows wide enough to let sunlight in and stale life out.

I found my priorities and released the people and things who no longer fit my life. I carried burdens.

In my thirties I found direction.

I started working to become the mother and wife and friend I want to be.

I cried bigger tears than I knew were possible and laughed deeper laughs than ever before.

I learned to just say no.

I also learned to say yes more often.

I lost myself and found myself. I tore off bandages.

Yesterday I ushered in a new decade. I closed the door on the craziest decade of my life so far, and am looking forward with hope, excitement and wonder.

Hello, 40. You sure look beautiful.

Hello, 40

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10 thoughts on “Hello, 40

  1. Great post. I love “I opened doors better left closed and opened windows wide enough to let sunlight in and stale life out.”
    Welcome to the club…it’s not so bad

  2. It’s so inspiring to find something written by someone, and for a moment you wonder if you wrote it yourself.

  3. It sounds like you grew. Happy Birthday and I hope the next ten years hold as much.

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