Today is my 365th day of being 40. Last year at this time, I was so concerned about entering a new decade in my life. I also reflected on the decade I was leaving behind and all the things that had happened.
When I look back on this year, and think of all that has happened, I think the year surpasses the previous decade in memorable events. So I am taking the time to archive my 40th year…the events, the insights, the lessons learned.
1. Follow her lead: When dealing with chronic illness and the treatment thereof, follow the lead of the child with the said illness.
2. Take a big risk: A friend I met this summer said something to me that has stayed with me on a daily basis; “Life is boring in your comfort zone…get out of it and live.”
3. I am capable of so much more: I can be my own worst enemy with self doubt and negativity.
4. When trying not to let others down, don’t let yourself down either: You are the most important one.
5. Friends can be found in the most unlikely of places.
6. People who may seem unsupportive can be your biggest champions: And, don’t let your insecurities be projected on to their intentions.
7. People who doubt or criticize you really are envious of you.
8. Taking time for yourself is never time wasted.
9. When you accomplish what you never thought possible, you actually are a different person: But you still are you. Just a better version.
10. Never offer to do something you really don’t want to do hoping you won’t be taken up on it: Because now I am a runner. I run with my daughter who didn’t want to run. So I said I would train with her if she wanted. And she said “ok.”
11. There is a reason I was never a runner.
12. There are a million reasons that I will be a runner from now on.
13. Swimming in open water can be scary.
14. Long car trips with your husband and kids can be surprisingly wonderful.
15. Until someone barfs.
16. I rode 50 miles on my bike and lived.
17. I rode a metric century + 3 miles and almost did’t live: But crossing the finish line where my son was cheering me on was absolutely incredible.
18. I rode 75 miles and wanted to cry riding up “the wall.”: I had a great group of people with me who would not let me give up. And I didn’t.
19. 90’s tv trivia can make the time pass while climbing up a hill that lasts forever.
20. Getting to the top of the hill and seeing your family with signs cheering you on makes you cry like a baby: And it gives you the motivation to keep going.
21. A JDRF century ride is about so much more than the miles.
22. Your children can be your biggest supporters.
23. Never assume anything.
24. The ocean is enchanting: And when you live in Wisconsin, you never want to leave the ocean.
25. The longest winter doesn’t last forever: It just feels like it does.
26. Never stop wondering what you can do next: After accomplishing a goal, set a new one. Surprise yourself.
27. Persistence pays off.
28. Smile more: People will wonder what you are up to.
29. Some friendships are forever.
30. You are stronger than you think you are.
31. Poolside margaritas with friends taste the best.
32. Be thankful for all you have: Gratitude never goes out of style and is flattering on everyone.
33. Kindness is the new black.
34. There is more to me than meets the eye.
35. I can learn new things: Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
36. I am not too much of a chicken to get a tattoo.
37. There is a nice down hill ride after each up hill climb: and they make the climb worth it.
38. My lack of skills in geometry have been handed down to my son.
39. High school swim meets are the reward for living through years of day long club meets.
40. I ran a 5K: Not too shabby for someone who was out of shape and a couch potato 18 months ago.
Here’s to another great year of accomplishments and trying things that I never have tried before. Thanks for being along for the ride.