I’m not going to lie – I freaked out a little when I realised you’re turning 40 this year! Well not because you’re turning 40 – obviously; but because it dawned on me that 17 months from now, I’ll be turning 40 too *GASP*; and it made me feel like running for the hills – only, I wasn’t sure if my legs and lungs would be able to keep up – because… old age and all that! But the more I started thinking about this impending milestone, the more I realised that this feared decade that looms ahead of us, is not so frightening after all. I mean we’ve witnessed 2 of our siblings enter the (not so) dark and gloomy tunnel before us and they seem fine, right?
And so here we find ourselves; with you slightly ahead of me, at the cusp of a new decade. At 40! It still sounds so weird saying it out loud. I used to think 40 was old. But 40 is just a number and a couple of grey hairs to me now. Yet it also feels like a monumental milestone, doesn’t it. One that definitely needs to be celebrated – especially since you have so much to look forward to and celebrate this year!
A fortieth birthday, I guess, is like standing on the edge of a hilltop and looking over the landscape of your life and acknowledging all that it has dealt you; and then looking forward toward the horizon at all that awaits you. It’s a midway point between past and future – youth and old age. It’s the part of your life where you sift through all the countless happenings and discard the ones that’s weighing you down – and then picking up your lightened load and taking charge of your own destiny. Like waking up to a new sunrise!
There’s an old adage that says ” Life begins at 40″, and I never quite understood that term to it’s full extent until, one by one, we are all entering into it ourselves. And when I look at you and where you are at this point in your life, I can’t argue that that adage is 100% true! Life’s timing is always perfect…and though life, technically, isn’t really beginning for you, life as you know it is most definitely changing, and there is a new dawn rising for you 🙂 There’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming years and it certainly feels like the beginning of a new chapter in more ways than just the start of a new decade. Life begins at 40…life begins my dear sister. Life is only just getting started.
If we look back on the 30’s, then it was an eventful decade for you. But by the look of things, 40’s is going to be one helluva exciting ride too. There’s so much happening this year. So many things to look forward to. So many memories still to make. And I’m so glad that I get to walk this exciting path with you <3
Happy 40th Birthday Didi!