I’ve never understood the “over the hill” sentiment behind turning 40. I suppose marking 40 as the halfway point in life is accurate, but to me, in many ways, it seems like the party is just getting started. I know it’s common to hear things like age is just a number, but in my case it’s true. Last year I wrote a post about turning 38 only to have my mom tell me I was actually turning 39.
I think it’s easy to forget the increasing age gap between yourself and college or high school students when you spend a majority of your extra time hanging out with them. That is until they reference something as being old (like the TV show Friends). More than that, I find that the days are rushing by quickly and I don’t have time to focus on more than just today. That has pros and cons for sure, but I find that since I’m not focusing on age, I rarely remember where I’m at on the timeline.
As I reflect on the last decade, I can’t believe how much has happened. At the same time, I can’t picture a different path.
In my 30’s I’ve Experienced:
- Two major moves
- Raising babies who are now almost teenagers and almost both taller than me!
- Selling our first home
- Losing a lot of weight
- I started 3 new completely different career paths (one of which seems to have stuck)
When I think of all that has happened, the most important thing about my 30’s is all the ways my faith in God and personal relationship with him has deepened. It’s hard to quantify my growth in my faith, but one aspect I look at is that I am no longer seeking definitive explanations to why thing happen the way they do. Instead, I’m content to let God be God. Additionally, I find myself constantly reflecting on whether my assumptions limit God’s power, movement or character. When one or more of these limitations are present, I no longer try to fit God around a boundary. Instead, I work to tear the boundary down with the intention of growing God’s presence and reducing mine.
As I turn 40, I’m expectant. I’m excited to see all God has for my family and for me in this new decade, but more than that, I’m ready for more ways to reflect my Savior and more ways to be about the work of my Father.
Entering my 40’s:
- I’m embracing my career and celebrating a recent promotion.
- I’m working on streamlining life to create space for opportunities to say yes where God directs.
- I’m focusing on relationships and making sure those around me understand how much I value our connections.
- I’m slowing down and embracing the introverted side of myself.
So here’s to turning 40. May the odds be ever in my favor. 😉