I turn 40 this year and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I thought turning 30 was a huge pain in the ass, but I think 40 is way worse. Should I embrace it or be depressed? Part of me is trying to look at it positively, maybe shoot for a 40 and fabulous theme. The other part of me would like to sleep through the day and act like it never happened.
I remember when I thought 40 was so old. Well, actually, I still think it’s kind of old and that’s my problem. Doesn’t help that Dan is 3 ½ years younger than me either. So, I will always be OLD! It also doesn’t help that I remember my parents being 40. Let’s face it, it’s old. No matter how people try to justify it, 40 really is not the new 25 or 30 or whatever. We are all just fooling ourselves. Anyone claiming to be happy about it is lying.
So, if I do decide to embrace it, what should I do? I know people that plan trips, make big purchases, etc. I can’t think of anything. My neighbor and her husband are traveling to Europe to celebrate both of them turning 40 this year. Her husband turned 40 a couple of months ago and bought himself the motorcycle he always wanted. That’s pretty cool I guess. I can’t think of anything I really want all that much. I’m basically pretty low maintenance. I could do a spa day, but who wants to do that by themselves? I supposed people do though, so I guess I’ll put it on the list. I’m not the most exciting person in the world, so there will be no jumping out of airplanes or hang gliding for me. Is there somewhere I’ve wanted to go? Not really. Plus who wants to do that alone? I could get a massive makeover, or go to sona med spa for laser hair removal. I’ll add those to the list too. What kinds of things do I like? Well, I like purses & shoes. LOL! But that’s stuff I could get anytime, so what’s special about that? I guess I could pick a new favorite Vera Bradley pattern and then purchase a purse, wallet, luggage, laptop bag, etc. Maybe I could get myself an iPad. There’s an idea. (But if it’s anything like the iPod Touch I got for Mother’s Day, I will have to fight Zoë for it.) OK, I’ll put that on the list too. A nice digital camera? A video camera? Neither of those would really be for me though. LOL! I try my best to avoid all photos.
It’s sounding like sleeping the day away just might be the way to go. Less to think about. I could use a PTO day and hide out in the bedroom, in the dark. I could turn off my phone; unplug the computer and the TV. (That would never happen.) I would emerge only to eat and use the bathroom. For breakfast I’d have frozen vanilla milkshake pop tarts and coffee, ice cream for lunch & cake for dinner. My favorite cake too, the trashy, sweet white cake from Harris Teeter, with lots of white icing and a ton of flowers. (I want the corner pieces and all of the flowers. Hey, it’s my birthday!) I would wash that down with some Mike’s Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff Blueberry Lemonade. Then, go back to bed. Hmmm, that’s not sounding like a bad day. Hey, I could even spring for some fancy pajamas or something. Ooooo, how about this, I could get one of those frozen margarita machines and some tequila and plug that puppy in, right in the bedroom. I would just need a cooler with ice, some margarita mix and a long straw. (I’d just drink straight from the blender.) At that point though, I should probably definitely turn off the phone and computer, so I don’t hurt any feelings since my “filter” would have shut down. And Lord knows what kind of stuff would get emailed, texted or tweeted. Although that could make for a fun 40th present to myself. One thing I do know for sure is that if anyone says “Lordy Lordy look who’s 40” I’m going to punch them right in the throat, no questions asked, equal opportunity.