My blog is usually a place that I reflect on my school days and try to inspire myself and others to continue the hard work we do for kids and families every day. What I’ve learned through years of blogging is that there really is a lesson to be found in every experience we have. Blogging has taught me to recognize the lesson and search for the positive in even the most difficult situations. So today, as my 40th birthday comes to an end I'd like to share this blog post with all of you!
Today I went outside to go for a run to find this....
Yep a giant sign reminded that today I turn 40. I mean, what?!?! I remember when my mom turned 40. I thought she was really really old.
Today, though, 40 has a different meaning to me. For some, it may be seen as a ticket to middle age or “over the hill,” but to me it means something else. To me 40 means that I have a choice. I can choose to complain that my knees and ankles hurt when I run or that I cannot recover from a night out with friends like I used to; but instead I choose celebrate that I get to continue to do the things I love with the people I love every day. I am going to go running, read books and tell EVERYONE what I learned even if they don’t want to hear about it, be the leader at an amazing place with the most selfless people and most importantly I’m going to continue to learn and grow and be the best version of myself each day.
Growing old is a blessing that I will not take for granted. I will not complain about getting older. One of the most important lessons I've learned in my 40 years is this:
"The most powerful force is the cumulative effect of repeated behavior over time."
In this situation this quote means that if I choose to repeat over and over again that I'm old or that I'm over the hill then I will be. But, if I choose to repeat that I grateful for the wisdom my 40 years have brought me, that I will continue to live my best life, then I will!
WE ARE WHAT WE REPEAT! So, I choose to get better every day. I choose to be grateful for each and every moment. I choose to celebrate the gift of growing older. And I will remember that growing older is a privilege denied to many.
I dedicate this year to two friends. One who lost a battle and one who is fighting one.
Lisa Vroom taught me to live the best life I can no matter the circumstances.
Katie Nicolli is teaching me what strength means as she lives each day to the fullest.
*Edit-we lost our friend Katie this summer, not long after I dedicated this post to her. I'm grateful for her friendship and I'm still learning about strength from her as I was how resilient her two girls are as they adjust to life without her.