When I began thinking about this post it was titled “Sayonara Thirties!!” and was a reflection of my thirties as I celebrated my 40th birthday this week. The good, the bad, and the ugly of life and the many lessons learned.
And then I realized that I do not know it all yet. That I have SO much to learn. I realized that turning 40 is not the time to reflect on where I have been (save that for my 90th birthday!). This is the time to be excited about where I have yet to go.
So I entered my 40s with joy in my heart!! Thanks to the cold, my kids were home from school and we got to ride rides together at the Mall of America. We rode those giant spinning swings and the log chute and that ride that goes straight up and then quickly drops leaving your stomach/lunch somewhere over your head. I laughed so hard on that ride that I have now decided that anytime I am crabby, I am going to drive down to the Mall, ride that ride, laugh the crabbies out, and then go about my day. (When I told my husband that, my 7-year old daughter looked at me with wide eyes and said, “really?!” – I love how possible that was in her imagination – see, I have lots to learn from her).
I also went to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for the first time ever. I am going to admit here that I am a bit of a snob. I have been to the theater in London and NYC and have a fine taste for food and theatre. But my curiosity, and my love of The Fiddler on the Roof, led me to the Chanhassen. Looking down at this “theatre in the burbs” from my pedestal, I did not have high expectations. And then I laughed and cried and fell in LOVE with this place and the show! I want to go back with my kids! I want season tickets! After the show I saw the lead character (Tevye) sitting in one of the booths with a friend. I went up to him and shook his hand and teared up and gushed about how his performance moved me. Ah yes, I have much to learn going forward in life.
(Sidenote here: I am proud to turn 40 and the idea of getting older does not scare me – I still feel too young yet to worry! However, let me tell you, that going to a mid-week matinee at the Chanhassen is the BEST way to feel young. The room was filled with seniors who were twice my age and I felt like a little kid again!!)
So today I choose to say hello to my 40s! To look forward. To go where God leads me. To put one foot in front of the other, and soon I’ll be walking out the dooooooooor. (Yes, Christmas is still in my head.) I wish the same blessings for you.
And of course a photo – here I am with the kiddos as we celebrate at the Mall of America…