I have always imagined my 40th birthday to be a spectacular event, it is a special passage of time to be celebrated like 7th, 18th, 21st birthday. A quarantine birthday is both unique and unforgettable. A birthday during the pandemic full of actualizations.
Only a small circle of relatives are able to attend. Nothing extravagant. A simple and meaningful celebration is more than I ever could imagine it to be. I have all that I needed and so much more. There were no elaborate plans of going on a trip, eating out or stressing over a four course meal.
Being 40s signifies a lot of changes in our body. It didn’t happen overnight. The weight gain adds a toll to our aching joints, not to mention the fat that seem to draw affinity in our belly and thighs. The decrease in muscle mass, bone density and hormone changes. Is there an extended warranty on our body parts?
The pandemic forces our body and mind to slow down and prioritize what is important.
Self care- it starts with a clear mind. A mental and health detox. Eating whole foods, back to the basics.
Unplugging, disconnecting with social media and reconnecting with your passions.
When I start making small changes, it had a domino effect in my relationships, well being, mental state. I start becoming a version of myself that I always wanted to be.
We can live as productive and thrive in our 40s and beyond.
Quotes on ageing and wisdom:
“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” Ann Landers
“Listen to your elder’s advice. Not because they are always right, but because they have more experience of being wrong…”
“We don’t stop laughing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Most people don’t grow up. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”
― Maya Angelou
“When you’re young, you always feel that life hasn’t yet begun—that “life” is always scheduled to begin next week, next month, next year, after the holidays—whenever. But then suddenly you’re old and the scheduled life didn’t arrive.
― Douglas Coupland
“Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older.” ~Louise Hay
Take care of friendships, hold people you love close to you, take advantage of birthdays to celebrate fiercely. It’s the worrying — not the years themselves — that will make you less of a woman.” ~Patti LaBelle,
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~Abraham Lincoln
“I love living. I love that I’m alive to love my age. There are many people who went to bed just as I did yesterday evening and didn’t wake this morning. ~Maya Angelou
Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.
Ageing is a privilege not a predicament.
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
That’s the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.
Wear your years with pride, like a badge of honor, for you have conquered. You have thrived. You have survived!
There’s one advantage to being 102. There’s no peer pressure