Last updated on April 2nd, 2012 at 03:12 pm
I’ve been dreaming for a really long time.
Starting a new decade of my life as of yesterday kicked something into gear. I’ve been preparing myself for the BIG 4-0 for the last 6 months. It took me that long just to say it out loud. Yes, I’m admitting it in print. I’m officially 40.
The typical birthday crap that runs through my head started this morning. See if any of this feels familiar:
By (insert your age here) I was going to…
- Make more money
- Travel 4 weeks a year
- Have enough money put away for my son’s college tuition
- Put more money into my 401(k)
Once I got past that bullshit, I revisited a couple old dreams I had growing up and made a few connections.
I loved to dance, enjoyed ballet for 10 years, and had to quit if I wanted to keep my knees.
- How that relates to today: I discovered NIA thanks to Cath – lots of dance and way to fun to be working out. And I get to laugh the whole time since our Laurie teaches a kick ass class.
I learned to sew early on, having lots of fun creating everything from quilts to dresses.
- How that relates to today: One of my previous businesses was making custom quilts. I love to incorporate fabric and ribbon into my jewelry design.
I love the beach and ocean and all the pretty rocks and sparkly shells I found there.
- How that relates to today: I know I will ALWAYS be within an hour of getting to a beach, no matter what country. And I seem to making a ton of jewelry lately that does tend to be sparkly.
So are you freaked about your next birthday? Do you have a false belief that at a certain age, you can’t go for your dreams anymore? I know people like that and it gets sad after a while.
If you think your age has anything to do with dreaming, here are some incredible examples of dreamers who kicked ass after 40:
- Graduating college at 95, Nola Ochs keeps on learning
- Helping women in Niger helps Fourera Soumana grow her business after 50
- Robyn Waters shares her history in the fashion industry and her top three lessons to her success
Yeah, yeah, yeah. 40 is no excuse. Just to confirm – I don’t feel 40 and this quote confirms that.
You’re not 40, you’re eighteen with 22 years experience. ~Author Unknown
Here’s to kicking butt after 40
Heather Montgomery is a fitness writer, triathlete, and blogger who is devoted to sharing what she has learned about becoming a triathlete after age 40. She uses her Metabolic Training Certification to help other women struggling to get fit in mid-life. She lives and trains in Santa Rosa, California, the new home of the Ironman triathlon. You can find her biking the Sonoma County wine trails.
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