Well, I just turned 39. I was told to enjoy this last year because your 40’s are the hardest decade. Typically, you’re taking care of children and aging parents at the same time. Most likely you make good money but not yet the best of your career and you’re strapped to put kids through college. I don’t know if this is exactly true. I am raising children and will be putting one in college and one in private school (God willing) this fall. My parents are young; late 50’s but with my mom’s recent car accident and struggle to get well, maybe that qualifies. They way I look at it, I hit the “hard decade” early. That’s probably because I started young; married at 20 and first baby at 21.
All in all, I’m still going to enjoy this “last year”. My birthday weekend was the first time I set aside time to just play and enjoy myself since my mom’s accident two months ago. I ache when I can’t be there with her but I absolutely love spending time with my family. This birthday was spent thrift clothes shopping and berry picking with my favorite girl and grilling out my favorite foods with my family at home. It was amazing. I have to remember to set aside time for myself and simply enjoy life. 40 will be here before I know it. ;)
*the berries were used to can jam – stay tuned for a future post.