- but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times." quote by Helen Rowland
RM took that picture the day I turned 40 years old. It's hard to believe that RM and I have been together since I was 20 years old and here were are- still together 20 years later.
When I met RM, I thought I was a very wise person. I believed that I had my act together- boy, was I wrong! I thought at 20 years old there was nothing left to learn about life, because I knew it all. Thank goodness I was wrong!
At forty years old, I've learned many great life's lessons. Here are just a few of them:
My sister wanted to celebrate my milestone birthday with me and came a week early before my actual birthday. She asked me how many people I wanted to invite for my birthday dinner. I knew I just wanted a girls night out and it would have been easy to invite a lot of women. But I realized I just wanted a low keyed dinner with a few close friends.
Lesson #1: "It's more important to have quality friendships than the quantity". I have many good acquaintances and only a handful that I call my close friends. I'm lucky that I consider my sister a great friend! (She's the one with the dark hair seated in the back on the left side)
Lesson #2: "Age is just a number and stop worrying about getting older - it's a complete waste of time!" Of course having a milestone birthday isn't complete without the usual gag gifts; denture cleansers, reading glasses....
...and bladder control liners. If I laughed any harder that night, I would have used them!
I have known a few people who turned 40 years old and didn't want to celebrate, instead they moped about getting older. I didn't want to mope on my birthday - every birthday age should be celebrated!
Lesson #3: "It's okay to be silly" I spent most of my life always trying to be something that I wasn't- always trying to please someone. And then I met RM who helped me learn to loosen up and have fun. And we certainly know how to have fun!
To celebrate my birthday, RM and I did something that we haven't done in a very long time - we went out dancing until two in the morning! I felt like I was twenty years old again until the next morning...
Our bodies were aching and sore from the dancing. I had a migraine because I'm not used to going to bed so late and RM had an upset stomach. We could tell that Moe was doing his very best not to smirk at us.
Biggest Lesson of all: Go to bed early- no matter how much fun you're having.
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