I ushered in my 40th birthday in 2019. I opted for a weekend away in New York City with just my husband – full of musicals and amazing food, topped off with a midnight birthday toast at a cool rooftop bar. It was absolute perfection.
As I approached 40 though, I started to feel a change. An internal shift. It wasn’t at all sadness about the impending milestone birthday, but more of a realignment in my life – of what, and who, are most important. This energy audit was long overdue. And also absolute perfection.
Flash forward, I am about to close the chapter on 40, and I am overwhelmed. Much like everyone else literally everywhere, being held in the grip of Coronavirus this year was rough. Add to that an extreme injury and hospitalization for my husband, distance learning, and a complete shift in my job duties, and… you get the picture. We’re exhausted.
There’s been added time this year to reflect. It was chock full of lessons – some that were welcomed, and others not as easy to face. I read a book by Mark Manson a few years ago… the name itself cannot be mentioned here (expletives!), but the concept can: you have a finite amount of energy to offer each day. Choose wisely.
In doing this, I came up with a list of lessons I’ve collected over the last four decades that I am slowly sharing with my daughter, as I prepare for the Second Act of life. They range from silly to serious, and all hold space in my being. In no particular order…
The extra birthday wish bonus: