The 40s were a time of big changes and new experiences.
I could have never guessed that my 40s would put me on stage. But suddenly, there's the overture, the curtain, the lights, and I am singing. All in all, I did 17 shows in my 40s. This still amazes me when I think about it.
My 40s saw me switch schools again. I would have never predicted I would teach in the lower grades... but 2nd was what was available at the school I wanted to be at, so I gave it a shot. I had originally intended to only do a year or two at that grade. I was confident something in the higher grades would open up. I am in year 7 of 2nd grade and everything is just fine.
Ten years ago, I was a parent of young kids... now empty nesting is around the corner for my wife and me. I could not be prouder of my daughter and son.
My 40-year-old self didn't realize it yet, but time was ticking on my faith. Over the next few years, the puzzle pieces were going to form a picture that would bring my belief to a close. Those years were tumultuous but so worth the struggle.
It's true, rich is how I feel going into my 50s. My life is pretty darn near perfect and I am grateful for it.
Looking at my life with the sun cresting in the western sky, I have decided to add care of my physical self to the list of really good things happening in my life. I want my sunset years to be all they can be, so I have dropped about 4 inches off the waistline since last spring, I have tripled how much I can lift, and I can jog a good pace for 30 minutes without a break. Treats have been turned in to a rare and reasonable occasion and eating is generally healthier. I still have a ways to go, but this has been a good start and for the first time it feels like a life change.
My 40s were truly wonderful! I turn 50 with a smile on my face and a happy outlook to the future.