This Is 40 Ways To Transform Your Life Now.
Judd Apatow had a good mind to make a movie about turning 40 years old. It's a hurdle that we all want to achieve, but once there we can lack the stamina or enthusiasm to jump even an inch to the other side. We just gingerly try to slide over knowing where we are headed isn't exactly Disneyland. So our 30-year-old-self gives us a body slam to the other side, and just like that, we say goodbye to our youth.
When I was a kid, I remember thinking 40 was "so way old" and that 40-year-olds did stuff like "own a home and make pickled beets." When my youth was on my side, I imagined that by the time I was 40, I would know who I was and what I wanted to be. I'd have life all figured out.
Nope. Not yet.
In one way, turning 40 it's bittersweet. We see our life far behind us all the memories spread out like old faded polaroids. However, our life ahead is underdeveloped snapshots that may never fully appear. When we are young, time didn't seem important, and the magic of life would just keep on coming.
Then the first friend gets cancer; we make hard decisions about our aging parents, our dream job turns on us, and we start talking about things like sciatica. The list of "one day I will do..." in our 20's and 30's turns into "this is never going to happen" in our 40's. We realize life isn't a dress rehearsal anymore.
However, while we could say "this is never going to happen," we could say "It's time to take action."
I'm not going to take on the 40's lying down. I'm going to punch back and try to create myself into the person I have always wanted to be. I'll use the next 40 days to transform my life in mind, body, and spirit. Like a caterpillar from a cocoon, let's change into the people we envisioned in our glassy, no crows feet youthful eyes. Go ahead and follow along by making your own list.
Let's see if our best 40-year-old selves can put our 20 and 30-year selves to shame.
Until tomorrow friends.