This is 42

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I’ve been writing this post for about a week now, trying to think of all the things I know now that I’m 42, and it turns out that I don’t know much. My body may be 42, but my brain is still lingering on at the age of about 38… 21 seems like a lifetime ago. It WAS a lifetime ago. I’m a completely different person now than I was 20ish years ago, and I’m ok with that.

What follows is a list of things I know to be true, now that I’m 42.

  • I now choose footwear based on comfort 1st, looks 2nd, but mostly comfort for my old-lady feet
  • Just the thought of wearing heels makes me laugh and wax nostalgic, but mostly laugh
  • Make-up is restricted to weddings and special events only
  • My hair game is on point (my crowning glory) as I embrace my millions of grey hairs
  • I do more of the things that make me happy, and less of the things that make me anxious or unhappy.
  • I also do more things to make other people happy, because their smiling faces make me happy.
  • I’m paying more attention to my personal health. Now that I’ve got a better handle on keeping my family’s lives on track, I have more time to consider what I need to do for myself to keep myself on track.
  • I’m better at letting go of some of the working mom guilt. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still there, lurking in the shadows 24/7, I just don’t care about it as much anymore. I don’t let it make decisions for me. I just go on about my business, no matter what the mom guilt tries to make me feel about it.

Shut up mom-guilt, you have no power over me.

My new mantra.

  • I’ve never felt more stressed about the future, yet more relaxed about the future at the same time. All things being equal, things tend to work out the way that they should. And I’m getting ok with that.
  • I’m happy to dispense my wisdom about life to any and all. If you need to know something about life, I’m happy to throw my two cents (or ten cents? [two nickles?] since we don’t have pennies anymore) your way. I’m all about giving advice these days.
  • I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I’ll probably never stop trying to figure it out. Hoping that Napping & Watching TV becomes a legit career path one day. (just kidding) (not really)

That’s it.

Carry on.

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