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Monday, August 24, 2015

Turning 40 isn't the end of the world!

Even the lichen was excited about my birthday!
Over the weekend, I celebrated my 40th birthday. As I've mentioned to people that I'm hitting the big 4-0, it's been interesting to see their responses. Most people think that I'm depressed over this milestone birthday, and they offer all of this encouraging wisdom about age being just a number, etc. But here's the thing: I'm not depressed! To me, it's just a cool milestone number, and I want to celebrate.

For me, the road to 40 has been long and hard. But I've learned a lot of great lessons as I've taken that road, and I'm excited to use that knowledge as I continue life's journey. I spent my birthday doing a lot of great things to take care of myself, and one of those things was that I took a hike. I'd hoped to do a longer, more significant hike, but I slept in instead. My body needed that sleep, so I'm not complaining. I had a lovely day.

I recorded a video on my hike, reflecting on those lessons. The biggest lesson I learned, and the one I want most to share with you, is that no matter what your dream is, it's not too late to go for it. We have a lot of reasons excuses why we don't go for it, but you know, there will never be the perfect time, the perfect opportunity. Life is always going to get in the way, which is why, if there is a dream on your heart, then you need to take the steps toward that dream.

Turning 40 isn't the end of the world. But let's be honest. There are ages at which some of our goals become less and less possible. If I really wanted to become an Iron Woman Ultra Marathon Whatever, I could probably still do it at 40. Just so you know I haven't totally lost my mind, that is not one of my goals. :) There will be an age at which it isn't possible. And here is where I sit at 40: I do not want the possibility to remain dormant inside me. All the things I've been wanting to do with my life- I'm doing them. Maybe not at the level I'd like to be doing them, but I'm taking the steps, even if they're just baby steps.

So that's my encouragement for you: Whatever it is that you want to be doing with your life, whatever goals you have that you haven't reached, move in that direction. God put those dreams inside you for a reason. Don't look back with the regret of never having tried.

And if you want help reaching your dreams, I'd love for you to attend my retreat, Nourishing the Writer's Spirit. We're going to be spending a lot of time looking at nourishing ourselves so that we can follow our dreams. 


Unknown said...

What an awesome outlook on it! I'll be turning 30 next year, and it's something I've struggled with, going back and forth so much about whether I'm excited or a little down by it. But in the end, I've come to terms with it. I'm still young, and I'm still in my prime years for doing everything I want to do. And now I have more experience to boot! And you're right; every milestone like that is worth celebrating. Each one comes with a new adventure and new opportunities. Thank you for the lovely post! Definitely encouraging.

Gina Conroy said...

Love it! I may not be turning 40, but I'm right there with you going hard after my dreams as I'm pushing 50!!!

Rebecca Grace said...

Great blog, Danica! The year I turned 40 was one of the best years of my life, and so were the years I turned 50 and 60. This past weekend one of my brother's friends shared with us his amazing story of training and then running in the Boston Marathon last year in his 50s, a longtime dream. So I totally agree -- never give up on those dreams.

Michele said...

To me, turning 40 was just a number. I had people tell me I looked younger than 40. Now I'm closing in on 50, and I'm pursuing my dream of working from home as a writer and editor!

Danica Favorite said...

Rachelle, absolutely!! You've got a lot of time to do great things. I can't wait to see what comes of it.

Gina, Good luck! You can do it!

Rebecca, how cool! I love that story!

Michele, I love that you're pursuing your dreams! Good luck!