“Enjoy your last night in your forties.”
Kinder words were never spoken, right? Actually it was two of my most awesome friends that told me this. They also happen to be much younger than me. I can’t wait to say it back to them one day. Hopefully that’s the day the nursing home lets me make phone calls.
I joke. Mostly.
I started this blog when I turned 40 because writing was just what I needed. Telling stories and sharing moments create connections.
It’s also pretty cheap therapy as well.
I would like to tell you I am doing all the things and having all the 40 year old fun but its quite different than I probably would have ever expected when I was 25.
My kids are little and in another 2 months, both will be school age. They are involved in after school activities and have their friends they play with. Me being in my 40’s involves a lot of running around.
Who would have thought I would have been a glorified chauffeur?
This marks my 18th year in teaching. I am noticing the years are blending together and I am starting to sound like my elementary teachers did back in the day.
“Did you know class that when Ms. Waltzer was younger, pizza only cost $1? And did you know there were no cell phones when I was little?”
Their faces reflect just how old they think I am.
Most days have become quite routine and there is so much comfort in that. I have my career and my family.
But I also have me.
It’s a real challenge at this stage in life to find “me” time when there is so much going on. I started 40 Wishes and Counting and my husband was instrumental in helping me get set up. My friends cheered me on as I added followers and shared my writing. Through a blogging community, I learn so much and grow every day. I have never met more supportive and incredible people as a group. My readers who follow my blog and comment keep me motivated and that is priceless.
I am proud to say that at this age, I have found courage and confidence that push past my anxiety to put myself out there. Anyone who struggles with anxiety knows that it’s a never ending cycle. I have now had two essays published in different anthologies.
And I would like to say I am not done.
So goodbye early forties. (Even if I choked a bit saying that out loud) You seriously rocked. I would like to think 44 and the ones that come after can only get better.
Thank you so much for following me at 40 Wishes! It is appreciated each and every day.
Head HERE to buy the latest book I have an essay featured in. This one celebrates teachers through a collection of 39 essays. The teachers in your life will LOVE this!