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I celebrated my 40th birthday over the weekend.I had been ‘practicing’ telling people I’m forty for about three years leading up to this birthday to help me feel more prepared for it.Ha! So here goes nothin’ : 40 lessons for 40 years: 

    I am my own best friend I am my toughest critic Smart means different things to different people Sexy means different things to different people Owning up to mistakes is hot Physical beauty is defined by inner beauty Charisma is contagious Negativity is also contagious Passion acts like a fertilizer to any creative project Taking things too personally only hurts myself Creativity and confidence are intimately connected Being “non-confrontational” doesn’t usually make situations better or more comfortable in the long run Wrinkles, grey hair, body hair in general and stretch marks are beautiful Loving myself *hard* makes it easier for me to love others *hard* The way others get things done isn’t neccessarily the best way for me to get things done Herb(s) are magical It’s ok for people not to like me It’s ok for people not to agree with me Dancing is therapeutic Laughing is therapeutic Making music is therapeutic Painting is therapeutic Plants are therapeutic “Why” is a really important question (the most important??) Good processes beget good outcomes A lot can be done with a little, and makes space for creativity Holding on to anger is not healthy Diversity breeds better outcomes Practice anything daily and I’ll get good at it It’s ok to disappoint people Things that I once thought of as personal weaknesses or defects have become some of my greatest strengths Listening is almost always more effective than talking A heartfelt apology can go a long way WHO you surround yourself with is one of the most important life decisions Routines are important.Now that I’m on the other side, I thought to write down some of the lessons I’ve learned over the past 40 years — many of which I really feel I’ve only truly ‘absorbed’ in the last couple of years–one or two as recently as last week, and there are a few I’m still working on.This was a big one for me.Breaking routines is also important Everyone is struggling with something, some people are just better at hiding it than others A little kindness goes a long way It is easy to spread joy My gut is rarely wrong (but it is wrong sometimes) I feel my best when I feel the most connected to Mother Earth

//photo by Dabito

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Source: https://www.jungalow.com/2019/03/40-lessons-for-40-years.html

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