I turned 40 last Thursday. 40. 4. 0.
The big 40 was big for me, big in love, luxury, surprises, satisfactions, and, of course, ruminations.
What does it mean to become a 40-year old woman? A woman who is no longer in her 30's?
If my celebrations are any indication, it is quite a wonderful thing. Turning 40 gave all these people who love me (and they do, they really do!) a chance to really show it (and they did, they really did!) And it was incredible. Life-changing.
One of my best friends has been pushing me since last year about what I was going to do for my birthday. I am so grateful to her now because by claiming it and planning it, "it" happened.
And "it" was the simple experience of being around people I love, who support me and make me feel at ease.
And maybe that's what 40 is all about, making those kinds of choices.
So hello 40 and (hmmm... let's see, 1,2,3,4) 5 days! I'm glad to see you. The rest of life awaits.
22 April 2014
11 March 2014
Sometimes life surprises you, and when you think it's going to rain, you end up seeing the moon and stars over the sea...
Or when you least expect it, you make some new friends and are invited to have a fun and satisfying weekend out at the Coast.
Foggy, rainy, no matter. What's shines through is the shared experience of being close, and being glad to be in a big house with a bunch of other folks who also want to be there.
We need each other in this life. Not just to listen and care, but to challenge, share, and be. The older I get, the more I appreciate the diversity of our shared experience of being human.
No one can argue with certain types of beauty, we all know what Spring feels like...
But we are also all different, and going along in life in our own way, making it easy to forget that we are part of the same tribe.
It's nice to be reminded.