Approaching forty

Keep Calm 40

Another reason I love the Christmas season so much is that my Birthday just happens to coincide with it and this year I have one of those Birthday’s ending in ‘0’ approaching. That’s right, 7 days before Santa arrives I will turn 40! ARGHH!!!!

Except, not ARGHH!!

I am surprisingly, and quite unexpectedly, calm and considered in my approach to turning 40. This will come as quite a shock to all my friends and family who have watched me melt in disbelief at turning another year older on each of my previous Birthday’s. There is an episode of “Friends” – The One Where They All Turn 30 –  where the character Joey in particular has a difficult time in facing the ageing process and Rachel bemoans the fact that she hasn’t done anything she had planned to do by the time she turned 30. I was only 27 when this episode originally aired but 3 years later my best friend used quotes from the episode to create a Birthday photo wall for me to reflect just how horrified I was that I was actually turning 30. I mean 3 – 0 – that’s OLD!!! This was not a feeling that came upon me suddenly, from a young age I have feared getting older – I even distinctly remember feeling “old” when I turned 18!!

So with 40 approaching I fully expected the fear to rain down upon me.

And I’ve been waiting for it.

And waiting.

But it hasn’t shown up! And instead I just feel so grateful for being able to turn another year older. Another year that I have spent with my beautiful partner and Sweet Pea. Another year I have laughed and cried with my dearest friends and family. Another year I have been (basically) happy and healthy. Another year when I haven’t always known what the hell I was doing but I’ve had a good time trying to figure it all out. Another year.

So bring it on 40 – I’m ready and waiting!


6 Comments on Approaching forty

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    December 6, 2014 at 8:19 am (3 years ago)

    I loved turning 40, it was so much better than 30. Despite the fact that I faced some of my life’s most difficult challenges that year, forty was totally fabulous, and you know what? It just keeps getting better! I love how we can be grateful for every birthday because getting older is a privilege denied to many. I hope you have a fantabulous fortieth and enjoy every single minute!

    • KAB18
      December 11, 2014 at 11:05 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Sammie! I am really looking forward to turning 40 next week – and hopefully I will feel as excited as you about it after the actual event!

  2. Tamara
    December 9, 2014 at 9:32 am (3 years ago)

    What can I say – turning 40 was a lifetime highlight for me -and to have spent it with wonderful friends…. May the passing of your special occassion be what you want and need it to be… I’ll be by you all the way kid!

    • KAB18
      December 11, 2014 at 11:06 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks T! Your 40th was amazing and I felt so honoured to be able to be a part of it with you. We might not be able to get to Mykonos for my 40th but let’s drink bubbles together somewhere! xx

  3. Mel @ the other side of forty
    December 10, 2014 at 7:51 am (3 years ago)

    Happy birthday! Obviously I think life is great on the other side of forty, I write a blog about it! Like you I hated the thought of turning 30, but I have to say there is a new found confidence in many women over 40 that I absolutely love.

  4. KAB18
    December 11, 2014 at 11:07 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Mel – thanks so much for your comment which has also enabled me to find your fabulous blog!


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