Sunday, October 16, 2011

The view from the other side of 40...


I'm turning 43 years old this week, and I'm perfectly fine with it.  I'm not one of those people who fret over being another year older. I recognize that being on this side of the dirt, so to speak, is a good thing. So while I was on the internet goofing off doing research on how to save the planet, I came across this writer and young mom who took a moment on her 32nd birthday to recap what she "learned, figured out, or witnessed" during the last year.   I was intrigued because I have a completely different outlook on life in my forties than I did in my early thirties.  My life now wouldn't even be recognizable to the "Me" back then.

I read her list and liked it.  The first thing that came to my mind is that she is a much nicer person than I am and probably not a sarcastic control freak.  (I'm not too full of myself to admit that.)  I was nodding my head, thinking that she did a good job of summing up a few of life's truths that we need to accept sooner or later.  But as I got to the end of her post, I couldn't help but think that there is another chapter to be added, a chapter with a few more truths that you probably don't think about when you're 32 years-old.  These are lessons  I've learned now that I'm firmly in my forties...
  • Don't drink boxed wine.  Sure, you get more mileage from a box than from a bottle, and with the economy in the crapper, it's tempting, but what you need to do is savor.  Go for quality over quantity.  Getting drunk is for frat boys and Lindsay Lohan.  Lock the bathroom door, draw a warm bath, pour a glass, and reconnect to yourself....as often as you can. (Well, not too much or you'll never get the laundry done.)
  • The world won't end if your young daughter hears a Katy Perry song that has the phrase "menage a trois" in the lyrics.  Believe it or not, you can influence your child more than a pop star.
  • When you get the e-mail from your kid's school asking you to sign up for items to bring to the Fall Festival/Valentine's Party/Teacher Appreciation Day, be sure that you are the FIRST one to respond so that you get to be the mom who brings drinks, cups, and plates instead of food.
  • When you hit your forties, those cupcakes WILL indeed make your ass bigger at a much quicker pace than at thirty.  If you don't want to go up a size or four, you'll probably have to eat something you don't like.
  • Make YOUR KIDS do the dishes before you go to bed.
  • If you make it to your forties and both of your parents are still alive, go hug them.  I wasn't that lucky.
  •  You don't have to wear a thong any more.  So what if people can see your underwear line?  No one looks at a 40-something mom's ass any way.
  • You are not required to complete school projects that are assigned to your children.  Encourage and support? Yes.  Create PowerPoint presentations and stay up late doing research while the kid sleeps? Hell, no.
  • You don't have to like people who are related to you.  When the olive branch you extend is broken, take a deep breath and move on with your life.
  • More than likely, your life will never turn out like you thought it would.  Once you accept it, you'll be much happier.  Sometimes, if you're lucky, it just might turn out better.
  • You will become invisible to young guys once you hit the forty mark.  It's okay because they don't have money any way.  (And they won't watch "The Breakfast Club" with you.)
  • Take care of yourself.  This life is survival of the fittest, remember?  Get your mammograms, use sunscreen, and exercise. Get rid of toxic people and toxic substances in your life.  You need to be around to tell your kids, "I told you so."
I'm sure I could come up with twenty more, but here's another truth about being over forty: Mama needs a glass of wine and a good night's sleep...

10 comments:

  1. All of these are so true! Wishing you a very Happy 43rd this week! :-)

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  2. Amen sister! And as I approach 50 (GASP!) I could probably add more.

    Happy birthday. Oh, and where can we get that shirt?

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  3. I love your blog. This was great. I am inching my way to 60. Not for a couple of years, but still. Have a great birthday week! My daughter will be 34 tomorrow. Wheninthehell did she get that old?

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  4. I love it! But I doubt men stop looking at women in their 40s. You probably just haven't noticed them checking you out. : )

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  6. I love this! I will be bookmarking this one, so I don't forget any of these! Especially now that I am on the "almost to 40" side of my 30's...

    ~The Dash Between

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  7. Speaking as a 40 something guy...um...we are still checking out your butts...pany lines or not....some of the hottest women I notice are in their 40s

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  8. I will be first in line to buy it! Good luck and good for you!

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