40/40 and Feeling FINE
Written by Issa Ms'Eye on June 17, 2015
In the blink of an eye … time jumped from the mid 1970s to 2015.
Yep … Just like that. WELCOME TO THE 40/40 Club. Not the infamous restaurant lounge but the age of 40. Many have flooded social media timelines and news feeds with a barrage of pictures celebrating high school graduations, while many others have yet to venture into parenthood. Life takes turns and twists while going through peaks and valleys, giving everyone a unique and similar experience at the same time. Some are settled with family and career; some are still trekking along the journey they envisioned 20 years ago; and some are reinventing, rejuvenating and reigniting their passions after trying to take the safe route through life. No matter where you are on your path, 40 is where many have found themselves to finally understand their propose and where it is they want to be.
Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before entering the fashion industry at age 40.
Samuel Jackson has been a Hollywood staple for years now, but he’d had only bit parts before landing an award-winning role at age 43 in Spike Lee’s film “Jungle Fever” in 1991
Here’s some nuggets for your goodie bag ….
- Life is way too short to continue doing anything that makes you unhappy.
- Don’t compromise yourself; you’re all you’ve got.
- No matter how difficult the day, find something to be thankful for.
- Tell someone you love them at least once a day, it’s worth it.
- Eat when you’re hungry and sleep when you’re tired. When you listen to your body, good things happen to it.
- Stretch every day and move around … There is truth in “if you don’t use it, you lose it!”
- Be a doer not just a talker.
- Money is a tool, one that is great to have but it’s not everything.
- Children’s laughter is respite for the spirit.
- Change is inevitable, stay open to it.
- Like it or not, (who does?) no matter how much you believe you are, you’re not always right.
- Travel the world. There is so much to see and do in this world and when you visit other places, you get to see beauty you’ve never seen before.
- Passion and happiness come from trying new things, step out into the unknown and push yourself.
- Do something selfless for someone.
- Don’t look down on anyone unless you’re helping them up.
- Be accountable for our own actions.
- Be humble in your confidence and have confidence in your character.
- Just breathe and appreciate every moment.
- Never be afraid to dream big, and put it out into the universe. If you work hard enough, the universe will provide all you need to succeed.
- A great workout, a great song, a great glass of wine, and a great massage are a few of life’s greatest treats; and great sex doesn’t hurt either.
- Be thankful for each one of your close friends, especially those you’ve known since youth.
- Self-esteem and confidence are not bad words. It takes a lot of work to get there, but it’s the foundation for thriving.
- Letting go may hurt at first but the pleasure and freedom on the other side is indescribable.
- Success comes from doing what you love, and working at it daily.
- Family comes first. No exceptions.
- Give back in any way you can — with time, with ideas, with suggestions, with money, with whatever.
- Routine is boring, try something new. You just might like it!
- Listen to critics, there’s always something to learn, but follow your heart. And ALWAYS trust your instincts.
- The best friends are those you don’t talk to in forever but can pick up with them like it was just yesterday.
- Embrace trials in your life. They teach you about yourself.
- When someone goes out on a limb and shows you their vulnerable side, embrace them. You see your strength in supporting others when they are weak
- Sometimes we find our purpose on accident, and sometimes our purpose finds us on propose. The important thing is to explore it once you know.
- Inspiration comes in many forms. Don’t Judge.
- Do something silly every day.
- Meditation is EVERYTHING.
- Honesty and transparency are overlooked, yet incredibly important traits to have.
- Allow time for yourself. Find something that allows you to recharge and refresh.
- The first 40 years of childhood are the hardest.
- You’re as old as you are in your heart.
- Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it! ~ Ferris Bueller
And the beauty of being 40 in this day & age is ….
YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO BE RESPONSIBLE WITH LIFE YET STILL YOUNG ENOUGH TO ENJOY IT!!!