I don’t know about you, but I am having a great summer. We’ve had two family outings and I was able to go to the Bahamas to celebrate my 40th birthday. I know that women don’t typically tell their age, but I see it as a blessing. Oftentimes at 40, we become depressed because we don’t feel that we’ve accomplished our goals. We thought that we’d be further in our careers, be married with children, or have more money and less debt.
When I think about my life, I don’t have any regrets. Sure, I’ve made many mistakes, but I’ve learned from them. My prayer is that I don’t make the same mistakes over again. The past eight years haven’t been the most stable career wise, but being a mom is the best job in the world. My son has come a long way from the 1 lb. 10 oz. preemie in the NICU. My marriage seems to get better with each passing year. Until I met my husband, I didn’t meet “nice” guys. They were looking for somebody to take care of them.
Most importantly, I feel good. I make sure that I get some rest and exercise. I also make sure that I eat some type of raw vegetables each day. When I look in the mirror, I feel good about myself. I don’t have a perfect body, but who does? The images that we see on television aren’t necessary the real thing thanks to implants and plastic surgery. I know what I want from life and what I cannot tolerate. I’ve had some of the same friendships for the last 15 to 20 years. Others, I have ended. No regrets. Some people are just toxic and immature.
Looking forward, I want to be an inspiration to others. Don’t use your age as an excuse. As the saying goes, age is just a number. Pray for wisdom and discernment. Things will become clearer to you.