40 Things About Turning 40

I must have been around six years old and hearing people talk about being 40. First I remember thinking, damn that’s so old. But the silver lining, I had decided, was that by the time I’m 40 I will have accomplished dozens of epic things that “old people” do.

“The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

The Text: 40 Years of Advice

It turns out 40 really isn’t that old, and the definition of “accomplishment” will be redefined a million times during those 40 years. Nobody’s journey is a straight line, it’s more of a schizophrenic’s thought pattern with alot of starts and stops and redirection. Here are the Top 40 things I learned over the last 40 years and wish I could tell my 20 year-old self.

  1. Yes. You. Can.
  2. Listen to the whispers in your soul
  3. You are worthy (and add tax)
  4. Be proud of yourself
  5. It’s okay to want more (except Oreo’s, there’s a limit on that)
  6. Go dance forgoodnesssakes
  7. Being vulnerable is being strong
  8. Always trust your intuition
  9. Keep perspective, it could be worse
  10. Choose happiness. Every. Damn. Day.
  11. Your mental health is important too
  12. Play more
  13. Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes
  14. Take absolutely no bullshit
  15. Be nice to your brother
  16. Hold the door for someone
  17. Pet the dog (all the dogs)
  18. Help others every chance you can
  19. Forehead kisses are special
  20. Buy the shoes
  21. Drink more water
  22. Wash your face before you go to bed
  23. Be generous with your love
  24. Know when to rest & when to quit
  25. Use your damn blinker
  26. When you don’t know what to do, pray
  27. Go on vacation
  28. Take lots of pictures
  29. Spend more time with people you love and less time at work
  30. Write the book
  31. Be resourceful – everything is figureoutable
  32. Stand up for the things you believe in
  33. Learn how to cook (no, cereal doesn’t count)
  34. Apply for the job
  35. Take the stairs
  36. Try something that scares the shit out of you
  37. If the dress has pockets you should definitely buy it
  38. Always have sticky notes on hand
  39. Caramel popcorn WILL change your life
  40. Be brave

Tell me your Top Things?

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