In turning 40 today, I actually feel the best I've felt in a long time. I'm healthier than I was 20 years ago for sure and definitely a lot wiser than my younger self!
I found this short poem online. I feel it expresses how I feel at this exact point in time.
I do not define myself by how many roadblocks have appeared in my path.
I define myself by the courage I've found to forge new roads.
I do not define myself by how many disappointments I've faced.
I define myself for the forgiveness and the faith I've found to begin again.
I do not define myself by how long a relationship lasted.
I define myself by how much I have loved, and been willing to love again.
I do not define myself by how many times I have been knocked down.
I define myself by how many times I have struggled to my feet.
I am not my pain.
I am not my past.
I am that which has emerged from the fire!
Life is short.
You don't need a "reason" for doing everything in your lives.
Do it because you WANT to.
Because it's FUN.
Because it makes YOU happy.
I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life!