40 Thoughts on Turning 40 | Love, Laughter, and Chaos

Don’t let the title fool you. I still have 9 months before I am there. I’m just starting to prepare.

I’m not gonna lie, friends- 40 is totally freaking me out. It is immensely difficult for me to wrap my head around the idea that my 30’s passed by so quickly. The last 10 years have been the best years of my adult life. Still, I cannot get over the thought that I have been alive for 40 years.

40 Thoughts on Turning 40

40. 4-0. Forty. No matter how I write it, that number seems absurd. Me? That old? I still remember my first day of Kindergarten (and my Cabbage Patch backpack) clearly. I plainly remember my first love and our first kiss in the woods behind my house. My losses, my mistakes, my wins in my 20’s replay in my mind as fresh as the spring air I am breathing now.

Those all happened just yesterday, didn’t they?

My mom died at 42. Since then, in the back of my mind, I’ve always wondered if I’d live to be older than her. Her 40’s were ruled by cancer. I pray my 40’s are ruled by love, laughter, and a just a little chaos.

Quote about women turning 40.

Want to follow me as I ease my way into a new decade? Over the next 40 weeks, I’m going to share my thoughts on turning the big 4-0.  Check out Fry, Party of Five on Facebook each Friday as I reflect on my last days in my 30’s and look forward to turning a year older with my friends and family by my side.

I anticipate a lot of crazy and irrational thoughts and happy, sappy, and crappy too.

I hope you’ll join me!







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7 thoughts on “40 Thoughts on Turning 40 | Love, Laughter, and Chaos

  1. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts as the weeks pass. I agree that I remember kindergarten, and as 40 gets closer (i’m almost 37) I feel both ready to be 40 and also like i’m the same person i was 20 years ago! time is so odd.

  2. Happy birthday! Entering a new decade of life often comes with a mix of bittersweet emotions. Rest assured, your 40s will indeed bring you love, joy, simple pleasures and new adventures! Enjoy this next phase of life.

  3. Most of us try to skip our ages really but the more important thing here is to appreciate everything from past, present and future. Don’t overthink regarding the age. 😉

  4. 40 is the new 30 right? The biggest thing I’ve noticed since turning 40 is injuries take longer to heal and are much more frequent. I seriously pulled a muscle in my mouth yesterday biting into a sandwich. Who does that?

    I’m sure you are aging like a fine wine. I’m over here aging like milk…

  5. I understand the anxiety of getting into a new decade of life. But always look at the positive side of it – we are now wiser and stronger emotionally! Life is just going to get better when you’re in your 40s!

  6. Happy Birthday! I was 24 when my Mom died at 49, suddenly from a massive MI. Now close to my 63rd birthday I still find my 25th birthday the oldest I ever felt. You may find the year before you reach the age your Mom died strange to say the least. I finally realized I was near frantic to tell my daughter everything I might not get to if I never made 50. Each year is such a gift, aging has never bothered me. May the next decade bring you many adventures and much joy.

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