The age of a woman is not important: you can be wonderful in your 20’s, amazing in your 40’s and stay fabulous for the rest of your life. – Coco Chanel
I am happy and excited to enter this new decade of life! I know that for many it may cause you pain, thoughts of regrets, frustration and maybe sadness. Not me. Not today. Not anymore. I do reflect on the past but have learned to appreciate the present and embrace the future with joy. That learning process has not been easy, but it is part of who I am today.
I remember so vividly an afternoon in highschool sitting under the shade of these large trees that surrounded our school campus. A few of my girlfriends and I were watching people just walking by while feeling the breeze and I remember my friend Coraly say -“If I could stop time, this is exactly when I would stop it.” I don’t know why she said that or why we just listened and kept the thoughts to ourselves, I don’t even know if she remembers that moment. I do know that those thoughts stuck with me. For years I did wanted to go back to those times. I lived with regrets, wondering what-ifs…questioning everything in my life. Did I make the right choice? Did I make the right turn? It was exhausting! Then distinct events made that youthful school afternoon moment come back to mind like a movie playing in my head. This time, realizing that I should be “freezing every moment”.
Loss, failure, frustrations, illnesses. They tend to shake the core of our souls. Most wait until it might too late to do something about it. I have chosen to “stop-time”, “freeze every moment”. Enjoy every moment in life. I have learned that being present allows me to record those special moments that mark our lives and others. The appreciation of those simple moments in life provides me with the perspective of what matters most to me.
Forty years today. That’s how long it has taken me to make it to this point where I care more about making a positive impact. To leave a legacy that matters. To pursue growth. To reflect more on what was without wanting to go back. Remembering that every experience, every person that walked my path, every moment..has been preparing me for what is yet to come.
Today I celebrate life. I celebrate all the sacrifices my previous generations made to provide me the tools to be better. I celebrate their example of love, compassion, honesty and hard work that I want to continue passing to other generations. I celebrate my health. I celebrate my desire for wanting more because it allows me to dream and look forward to a brighter future. I celebrate the family I have gained. I celebrate all the love I receive from people around me. I celebrate the ones that I have lost along the way because by honoring them, their lives were never really a loss. I celebrate the unknown because whatever it unfolds, I am sure that life has been preparing me for it. I celebrate the wisdom that has been only gained by turning 40!
Today I am freezing time to enjoy what a beautiful gift it is to be alive!
May you Inspire and be Inspired.
May you Dream.
May you Love.
May you Live.
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