Last year, when I turned the big 4 0 I did a post on 10 reasons why I was staying 39 forever.
I have since determined that the 4th decade is not so bad and that it's just a number.
So, this weeks Ten Things Tuesday is about being comfortable about my age.
I turned 41 yesterday.
1. I can admit I am over 40.
Before I turned 40, I dreaded it. One day and I'd cross over to a new number. I hated it. Now? I can't say I love saying those high a numbers, but I can say that you are only as old as you feel and I don't feel old.
2. I don't care about gifts.
I don't know why it happened. But, it seemed to correlate with the year I turned 40. When I was little, I didn't get much for gifts and I always wanted good gifts and now I just want something that shows me the person cares. Wash my dishes, make me something, call me. That is what really matters.
3. I am who I am.
I am not sure if this was due to just turning 40, but I know I am much more comfortable with who I am than I was even a couple years ago. Life is not so much fun when you worry about what other people think.
4. I am smarter.
I don't just think the news is automatically true. I delve deeper and look at everything. Maybe more informed is a better word.
5. I am healthier.
I think that goes hand in hand in being more informed. I feel better and am healthier since I quit paying attention to what the government and news people are saying what is best for our health. I just wish I had paid attention sooner.
6. Elections should not be based on one issue.
When I was younger, I based my yea or nay on the basis of one issue. That one was a make or break for me. Now, I realize that when everyone does that, things don't work. Get all the facts and than choose the best candidate overall.
7. It's OK to tell my mother that she isn't right.
I'd probably say more to her, but my dad will have to listen to her complain and I don't want to subject him to that. But, I will voice my opinion more than I used to. Sometimes I get sick of her little comments and something needs to be said.
8. It's OK to experiment with cooking.
I never used to deviate from a recipe. I never made anything that I didn't learn from my mother or a cookbook. Not anymore. If it sounds good, I stick it together. If it turns out good, I give it a name. If it doesn't, we shall never speak of it again.
9. I trust my instincts.
If something feels wrong, I pay attention. I get feelings about certain things. I used to try and not listen and in the end I should have. It could have saved a lot of money and frustration.
10. When someone dies, don't JUST be sad.
Also, be grateful that you knew them and that they were in your life for as long as they were. You can't just remember the bad in them passing. You have to remember the good times you shared. It's what gets you through.
Have a great Tuesday!