What’s So Fabulous About Being 40-something?

Today’s my 44th birthday and for the first time in a long while I’m welcoming the occasion.  Being 44 isn’t so bad – in fact it’s sort of fabulous.

I figure I have about as many years in front of me as I do behind me.  That’s good because I’ve lead a satisfying life so far and I’m looking forward to the adventures that the second half brings.

In the first half of my life I traveled to Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, Florence, Rome and Paris.  I enjoy visiting Europe and hope to go back again soon.  But sometimes I equally enjoy a weekend alone on the couch, too.  

I have terrific friends.  I’ve fostered long-term relationships with people who remember my Sylvia Plath-like poetry, purple hair days and innumerable boyfriends.  Thank God they love me still!

And speaking of love, I have enough “romantic” experience to know what I like, I’m secure enough to ask for it, and still young enough to enjoy it – over and over again!

It’s taken me a while, but I’ve learned that big gestures don’t matter as much as being there for someone day in and day out.

I’ve always been confident in my abilities at work. But now, I take pleasure in mentoring the “next generation.”

I feel as though I’ve finally come into my own.  My life fits me like a perfectly tailored suit.

At this point in my life, I’ve had my heart broken and suffered enough emotional and physical pain to know that I’ll be able to get through whatever the next 44 years bring.

I think I have something to say and I’ve found an audience willing to listen.  Thanks!

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3 responses to “What’s So Fabulous About Being 40-something?

  1. I hope you have a fabulous birthday. It’s only fitting since you are a fabulous person! I’m proud to say I was one of your first “next generation” in the mentoring department.

  2. I really liked this one, Deb! I too am feeling very good about being 45–didn’t think about the “halfway down, halfway to go” part, but it’s not bad. I also know that the second half will be so much more wise and deliberate than the first experimental, mistake-filled half (that’s what it’s for, right?)!

  3. Karen, Scotland

    I enjoyed reading that thanks, I am 45 still Hot and am feeling more alive, confident and happy than I felt pre 40 when you worried about everything, kids , money (lack of it) and what everyone else thought of you..now..who cares what they think i’m living my life how I want to! Have a good one Deb and visit Scotland you will love it.

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