OKAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY .... I am officially 40 + a day old. Never imagined reaching this point in the way I have and the journey is taken me to this point.
If you ask me honestly, when I was young and naive I thought by 40 I'd be raking in the moolah with a cosy little home (landed, spacious, garden and all), beautiful kids, a spouse I called my best friend and confidante, and living a life that at that point in my life I considered the perfect life.
A cross of Growing Pains + The Wonder Years + Little House on the Prairie ... you get the idea of perfect, near perfect.
It's pretty obvious to all and sundry that THAT is completely not how I arrived at 40. I got here bumped and scrapped and bruised and battered and heartbroken a few times, red bank balances and a wealth of experience and analogies to carry me through those times.
I had my anxieties about turning 40. I still am NO where near my now obviously revamped for the n-th time plans. And I was a little down too that it was going to be away from the girls and here in the sandpit.
However, the fantastic thing about friendships is that people care about you and they make that extra effort to share in your joys. And I was a little spoilt on my 40th birthday.
I got a cake in the office, and a cake later in the evening
I got an outfit from a girlfriend and it actually fit perfectly
I got a bottle of Chilean red wine from a colleague which I savoured over dinner
I got a pair of gold earrings that cost the gifter too much with current prices
I got so many wishes from so many people near and far it just warmed my heart
I got a new challenge at work, which bodes well if I find viable solutions
I was spoilt and toasted and cheered that I felt extra super special
I turned 40 or as my mom would say touched the tape and started running on 41 pretty happy at how things worked itself out on my birthday.
The one thing I also firmly believe in is people come into your life for a reason and the clip I attached sorta explains it in way I guess helps us come to terms with the up and downs of the relationships one goes through in ones lifetime.
I have my own way of expressing the different people who come into your life, think I have written about it once before.. As a recap I kind of tend to look at the different people passing through my life as (a) commuters (b) tourists (c) migratories and (d) settlers.
My favourites are the settlers but perhaps the clip below explains it better.
In the mean time, I got a party tomorrow evening - sharing it with 3 other Leos using my home as the party venue. Some of my office colleagues will be over and we plan to have a rocking good time.
Happy Trails everyone ....