When I was a child, I used to imagine 40. 40 was REALLY freaking old. Old-old. I mean, there was a show called Thirtysomething on television when I was in 7th grade, and even they weren't 40! Those people had serious problems. Old people problems.
I could look at my parents, but let's face it; parents are old from the jump. I think it's probably natural to think of your parents as old because they're the definition of being a generation ahead of you. I know my kids often view me like I'm the Crypt-keeper.
40 was impossible to wrap my head around. I knew when it would turn a new millennium in 2000, I would be 25. I remember sitting there when I was 12 and thinking how amazingly far away that would be. 40 wasn't even on my radar. Weirdly, I could always imagine myself as 90, but never anything in between.
Well, folks, I am 40. The big four-oh. Yup. No more checking the box with the 3's in it. Middle age. Well, the age no one argues about being middle age (there's a huge debate on where it actually starts, with some people even saying it begins at 25! Ha! Take that young people!) Honestly, I'm really glad the build-up is over. It's here, I'm 40. It's a relief, like finally going off the high dive. The anticipation was worse than the jump!
I've spent four decades on this earth, and I have to say that it hasn't been enough time. I sincerely hope I have another, oh, eight or so decades to go. (That would make middle age another 20 years off, for those of us keeping track.)
So, where am I? I'm married, and it'll be 20 years this year. I have two children (16, 14.) I have a home. A career (artist.) A couple degrees (fine art, business administration.) Several pets (lordy, the pet hair. I'm the queen of tape-rollers now.) I have run a marathon and a handful of half-marathons and other races (something I NEVER thought I'd ever do, and would have laughed myself silly if someone had told me that as a child.) I'm in a partnership with my body to try and be healthy and take care of myself (and my family.) I could go on, but...
But most of all, I am here. I'm here for the long haul, as long as life will have me.
|My first picture being 40|
So, hello 40. I welcome you. You were expected. Stay as long as you like.