This was a big week here. Jones “graduated” from 8th grade (with a 4.0 and the Presidential Education award, no less) and Shoo agreed to go to his first (sort of) sleep away camp. Seriously, my kids are growing up. Of course, big milestones always bring reflection and I realized this week that I’m really digging being in my 40s. I’m halfway through and it’s been a good decade so far. Want to know what’s awesome about being 40?
- I’m much more comfortable in my own skin. I know what I like, I know my own value, and I know my strengths. And because I’m more comfortable with myself, I’m more willing to take risks.
- I have different kinds of goals. Gone are the days when I was chasing the money or prestige at work. I’m no longer concerned with being the biggest or the best or the brightest. I’ve reached a point where my goals are all about things I enjoy – running new races, visiting new places, doing fun new things with my kids.
- I’ve learned to listen to my body. I used to always push through fatigue and minor aches and pains. I’ve now learned that an unplanned rest day can make all the difference in how my body feels. I also know that taking even a week or so off is not a death knell for my fitness or my workout habits.
- I’m willing to let me freak flag fly. We all have quirks. Mine just happens to be a weird addiction to distance racing. And craft beer. And I have a thing for shoes and running skirts… It is who I am – take it or leave it.
- I’ve learned the fine art of not giving a f&ck. Or more specifically, I’ve learned when to give one and when not to. And let me tell you, not giving a f&ck is amazingly freeing.
So far my 40s have been pretty darn awesome. I’ve run twice as many races in the last 5 years as I ran my entire life before that. I’ve run 1000s of miles, raced in 31 states, and visited a crazy number of brewpubs. I’ve taken my children to Ireland and Alaska as well as many of the continental United States. I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone time and again – with running, with blogging, with life. Yeah, I’m loving my 40s and can’t wait to see what awesome things the future brings.