Why I Didn’t Mind Turning 40
I turned 40 two months ago in December! What has surprised me more than turning 40 has been other people’s interest with how I am “coping” with it. Honestly, I would sum it up as feeling a sense of relief.
I understand some view the big 4-0 with dread and panic, but I am relieved because at the age of 40 I am happy with my choices, my quality of life, and my inner spiritual world. I am happy because I lead the life I want to live with a loving, supportive husband in a beautiful place, working for a health food business that I created. I love Prosperity! What is more fun and rewarding than promoting a great line of organic products that help people? Without comparison, I am far healthier, fitter, and happier than I was at 30.
This didn’t just fall in my lap. My husband and I are not financially independent. Eight years ago we came to grips with the long-term picture of our lives and how they were not working for us. You could practically hear the ripping sound of us removing ourselves from our lives in Seattle. When we first arrived in Idaho, I worked off our room and board on a horse ranch outside of Sun Valley until we could figure out how to get to a cost-efficient living situation in Sun Valley with enough work to at least make ends meet. I eventually cashed in my meager retirement savings to start Prosperity Organic Foods and help cover some of the bills.
It was stressful. I found myself breathing into a paper sack… on a regular basis. I was terrified of my choice to walk away from my career in Seattle, starting over, but there was no going back because the life we had there simply wasn’t working. My family unanimously thought I was crazy and were against our decision to move to Idaho and to start Prosperity Organic Foods. I worked 3 jobs to pay my share of the bills while figuring out how to build Prosperity Organic Foods on the side and get Melt® Organic into the market place.
Determination and vision pay off. Here we are eight years later; our lives are not perfect, mostly because there is no such thing. However, if you don’t reach out and grab what is authentic to you, how can you ever expect to be happy? Gutting it out for the big picture is worth it. Besides, if what you are doing isn’t working, what choice do you really have?
In all honesty, I view my 40s and 50s as the peak years of my life. Not only do I get to continue building my physical fitness and improving my health, I get to be the grounded, mature, and genuinely content person that I was not in my 20s and 30s. Oh yes, 40 is an age to celebrate. Here’s to many more wonderful years ahead of us all.