Monday, April 30, 2012

Things I learned at 40

They say life begins at 40. I am not sure who they are but I will take this to mean that the understanding of life begins somewhere around 40. And this is sadly true.
Here is what I've learned so far:

  • My mother WAS always right. She doesn't read this blog and I will never, ever admit this to her.
  • Marrying your friend is far more important than marrying the best looking or most successful. I lucked out and got both. And today, I am thankful that when something happens - whatever that may be - he is still the first person I want to share it with.
  • Red nail polish calls for the shortest nails you are willing to wear.
  • Tattoos really are forever. And laser removal? It hurts. A lot.
  • Having a baby at 39 really does keep you young. I highly recommend it.
  • You can wear long hair at 40. REALLY long hair.
  • I still hate to fly. I will always hate to fly.
  • It is possible to survive on little to no sleep for 18 months. You will want to kill yourself but you will somehow make it through.
  • You will be more anxious at 40. Cautious. The 20's were such bliss in their ignorance.
  • Sleep is the best medicine. Laughter is a close second.
  • I should have tried Dr. Pepper earlier than just this past Friday. Christina never told me it tasted like cherry coke. I love cherry coke. 
  • Note to self: Blonde. Don't try brown, you will ALWAYS regret it. And always end up back in the salon going, you guessed it, blonde.
  • True friends? Really true friends. Are incredibly hard to come by. Hold onto the ones that are worthy of the title.
  • You will one day get irritated by how loud they play the music in the likes of Abercrombie and Hollister. Yes, even though you used to do the same and worse in your own car. 
  • There are a few things that look good on no one. Blue eyeshadow is one of them. Spice colored hose is another. Followed closely by white shoes. A true friend would tell you that. 
Happy Monday!

33 comments:

  1. Haha....I love this, Susan! This was a fun read. : )

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  2. Agreed on the red nail polish!! And you just now discovered Dr Pepper? I've been addicted since childhood! (ps- DP from a fountain is SO much better than from a can :)

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  3. Love this list. I am hitting 40 in October and I am loving where I am at. I haven't had a soda in years, but oh a remember the taste of an ice cold DP. Yum.

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  4. aghhhh! I am soooooo glad you finally tried some Dr. Pepper :) Love this list...so true about red polish, marring your best friend, and no sleep!

    It is a shame we live in different countries because I know we would be good friends!

    p.s. amen to the blue eye shadow

    p.s.s. Jessi is right about Dr. Pepper from a can add a little vanilla and you have pure bliss~

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  5. Dearest Susan,
    Very witty but oh so true post! The red nail polish I only use for my feet; EVER. My mother-in-law would tell me that I shouldn't do this (wearing the bright red) and that has stuck with me forever. It certainly depends where you are, like living in the tropics you can come out a lot more daring and bold in colors.
    Wishing you a lovely week ahead.
    Love,
    Mariette

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  6. Such a great list girl. I totally agree that a good husband and good friends are hard to come by, so holding on to them is a must. Also, it's so good to know that life at 40 is pretty fabulous :-)

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  7. I L*O*V*E this post SUsuan. FIrst of all I'm not 30. I'll be 34 on May 19th........and still contemplating one more baby so glad to hear it keeps you young because I thought foro sure it would put me in my grave! LOL. Thses 2 toddlers are already killing me:) I always dyed my hair blonde until I got pregnant and have natural every since. I can;t decide which is better. I miss being a blonde! LOVE YOU LADY!!!

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  8. Ha! This is funny! So true about surviving on no sleep. UGH. I've been there... twice! lol And I get annoyed just walking PAST Hollister at the mall! I can't even think when I'm forced to go in there. lol

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  9. Great list- love the sleep is the best medicine and laughter is a close second. SO TRUE! the Citizen Rosebud

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  10. Loved the first two!! So true! And I will wear my hair long for as long as I can get away with it!! I don't look good with short hair!! :)

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  11. This post made me smile. Being in our 40's rocks.

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  12. moms are always right!!! love that! :D

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  13. Thanks for sharing. I think the 40s are the new 20s :)

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  14. So, so true! Love these! I'm knocking on 40's door (next year).

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  15. What a great post! You make 40 look FABULOUS, that is for sure!

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  16. Susan, I love this! I felt the same way when I turned 50! I haven't had my tattoo removed! But I did have my 6th child at 39 and I'm a better mom than I ever was before!
    Great post!

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  17. These are some great lessons! I am also in my 40s and found myself saying "yes, yes, yes" as I read the list. We are soul sisters!

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  18. Following from Voiceboks.

    I love that. I'm in my early 30's but I can attest to all of these.

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  19. Couldn't agree more on the blue eye shadow! Luckily I've known about Dr. Pepper for years. Or maybe that is unlucky...

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  20. I'm in the after 40 so I smiled all through your post. You taught me some stuff ;-) And what you've never had Dr. Pepper!?

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  21. I had my baby at 39 and it does keep you young....and tired!

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  22. Love love your list, and relate to every single one of them. Now that I'm officially 50, I can say with authority that my 40s were where I finally came alive, went back to school, created an amazingly awesomely successful life I used to fantasize about... and blond - yup, its awesome:-)

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  23. my mother drives me crazy....till today. i know she's right MOST of the time, but i will never admit that to her either :)

    [oomph.]

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  24. Oh you sound JUST like me!! Blonde, never brown, LONG, and red nail polish. I get better as I age! Dr. Pepper does, indeed, taste like Cherry Coke! Glad to have met you and will be following!

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  25. haha this was awesome! and very true. I am in my twenties now so it gave me a peak at the future but I could relate to some of this already! thanks for posting it, I especially loved the red nail polish part.

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  26. Happy 40th birthday!! I love your list of what you've learned! Just great! I too have learned my mother has been right about more than I care to admit, having a baby at 39 does keep you very young, and they do play music in all stores too loud!! Lol! Much love to you!! xo

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  27. such a great list! I couldn't agree more about the red nail polish! ;)

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  28. LOVED!! LOVED! Reading this post ... I'm finally crawling out from under my grey sky ... (a spur of the moment trip to Cuba ... does wonders!!) lol.. catching up on all your inspiring and wonderful posts I missed. xo C. (HHL)

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  29. Hey there- I'm with you in the BEDROOM over at Bonbon Break! I'm turning 40 in just a few weeks. Love your list!
    See ya again soon.

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  30. Found you via Bonbon break. (They hosted an article of mine in the backyard area!) I'm turning 40 this fall, and have two young children. I laughed out loud reading your post! I know I'm a Mama (mother of advanced maternal age) because to cut my baby's fingernails, I have to find my reading glasses first! But I wouldn't make any changes to how we choose to do things!

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  31. Nice list you have there. None of these lessons were learned the easy way, and your honesty in giving them out is admirable. All I can add to that is to never forget to take a breather once in a while, and never fear to do things that will make you feel better about yourself. Thank you for sharing this, and I hope you're rockin' your 40's this year!


    Alejandro @ CosMed Clinic

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