40 Ways Life is Better at 40

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Ever since my 40th birthday last year, I’m different. I am calmer, I walk with a skip in my step, Life is better at 40I smile more easily and more frequently. I wake up every day feeling the way I do after clearing a closet or organizing my junk drawer .

I think it’s because I have been doing a lot of emotional de-cluttering over the last few years. I am so much more in touch with where I am, what I have, and what I still need (and don’t need).

So after clearing out a lot of the emotional noise and mess, and in honour of my 41st birthday, here is a list of what I’ve learned and why life is better at 40.

  1. Every day is a gift
  2. A few good friends are better than many acquaintances
  3. Simple is better
  4. My life experiences trump my formal education
  5. I can laugh at my mistakes
  6. My relationships are stronger
  7. There is nothing like being in pajamas before dinner
  8. I wake up knowing I can face whatever happens
  9. I’ve found ways to make exercise fun – Spartan, Warrior Dash, Mud Hero
  10. Sleep is my friend
  11. Spending money on making memories is better than buying more stuff
  12. It’s easier to say No…but I say Yes more often
  13. I’m not afraid to challenge myself
  14. I know what I can control…and what I can’t
  15. Friends can become family
  16. A beautiful sunset can make my entire day
  17. I’m less self-conscious
  18. I am a kinder, more sympathetic person
  19. I love that my wardrobe is made up of a few pieces I don’t mind wearing over and over again
  20. I am better at telling the people in my life that I love and appreciate them
  21. I can stand up for myself
  22. Yummy take-out is better than going out to a fancy gourmet meal
  23. I’ve learned how to accept a compliment and learn from criticism
  24. I know when something is not my business
  25. I can admit when I’m wrong – usually
  26. Leaving a sink full of dishes for the morning is not the end of the world
  27. Sometimes taking a walk is better than taking a nap
  28. I’ve learned to let things go
  29. When you feel good about yourself others feel good when they’re with you
  30. Being jealous of someone else is stupid – I have what I need
  31. I’ve accepted that change is not always a bad thing
  32. I can choose my mood
  33. I’ve stopped trying to be like everyone else
  34. Having the house to myself is awesome
  35. Time moves faster – making the good times sweeter and the not so good easier
  36. I appreciate the little things
  37. It’s easier to ask for help
  38. I know who I am…and who I am not
  39. I am stronger – physically, emotionally, and spiritually
  40. The future is exciting

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8 Comments:

  1. Love your list-especially number 30! I always say turning 40 was so great I wish I’d done it three years earlier. I’ll add to your list: 1) I really am okay with the fact that not everyone is going to like me and 2) I no longer will blindly say yes to everything that is asked of me. Great post!

  2. Way to go, Elana! I don’t think I got that sense of being in touch with myself until I was close to 50. Now I know why they say “If only I knew then what I know now” and “Youth is wasted on the young.” That’s okay; it’s been an interesting journey, hasn’t it?

    Here’s to your next 40 years!

  3. Happy Birthday! I feel similarly! I’m healthier and happier at 45 than I was at 40. Bring it on, Life!

  4. What a beautiful list!! Happy 41st, and may you continue to grow!!

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