40 Things I Learned at 40

While I have a month to go until I officially reach my prime, these thoughts keep surfacing and I figured if I dumped them all here I could move on with my day.

A little older, a little wiser. Still just a number.

  1. I have learned that I don’t always have to be right (even if I sincerely know I am).
  2. I have learned that it requires less energy to seek acceptance & peace than to be angry.
  3. I have learned that a sixteen-year-old child has helped to keep my wardrobe honest.
  4. I have learned how to smile – and mean it.
  5. I have learned the true meaning of sacrifice.
  6. I have learned that being a parent is one of life’s greatest privileges.
  7. I have learned that what goes around really does come around.
  8. I have learned that the term “work-life balance” is total bullshit.
  9. I have learned that being honest usually doesn’t make everyone happy.
  10. I have learned that I can’t do everything in a day (maybe at 50 I will stop trying).
  11. I have learned that it’s okay to not be okay all of the time.
  12. I have learned that traveling is my therapy.
  13. I have learned how to recognize what’s not meant for me.
  14. I have learned that the people that are present in my life are very different than expected.
  15. I have learned to find blessings in the hard times – they really don’t last as long as we think.
  16. I have learned that the truth never changes.
  17. I have learned that stubbornness can get me everything I want or nothing at all.
  18. I have learned that the concept of a diet and a bank account is more similar than I realized.
  19. I have learned that it’s much easier to love someone else if you love yourself first.
  20. I have learned that forgiveness isn’t about the other person.
  21. I have learned how to accept a compliment.
  22. I have learned that I am not responsible for bearing the weight of other peoples’ problems.
  23. I have learned how to “find my people.”
  24. I have learned that things aren’t always what they seem.
  25. I have learned how to trust the process.
  26. I have learned that being a single mom has helped to create the best version of myself.
  27. I have learned that I don’t always have to have all of the answers.
  28. I have learned that the more I experience loss, the more room it creates for opportunity.
  29. I have learned that I don’t always need to explain or defend myself.
  30. I have learned that there are no rules.
  31. I have learned the difference between excuses and reasons.
  32. I have learned how to live with intention.
  33. I have learned to keep my standards high and expectations low.
  34. I have learned that I still hate losing.
  35. I have learned that the less material possessions own, the more freedom I have.
  36. I have learned that being alone is one of the safest places I have been.
  37. I have learned how to give the grace that I once needed.
  38. I have learned how to let go.
  39. I have learned that a simple life is the best life.
  40. I have learned that where I am, right now, I am enough. 

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