Forty One Things I Love About Being 41
1. I’m 41. That means I’ve experienced stuff and people have to listen to me. Right? J
2. I don’t care that my thighs are flabby.
3. I have a teenager and a toddler.
4. My awesome trophy husband makes me smile everyday.
5. I no longer name my vehicles. And I’m glad. I can barely remember the names of people I work with.
6. The decade of my teenage years is no longer considered “dorky” and “awkward”. It’s cool and retro!
7. Sex is still hot.
8. I’ve moved beyond the “all my friends are getting married” stage and am moving into the “all my friends’ kids are graduating” stage. I’m not expected to buy presents for that. J
9. I know how to remove excess hair from my body using electronics, blades, chemicals and magic.
10. I LOVE my job! How many people can really say that and mean it?
11. I am still getting hit on by old men and large women.
12. I caught myself telling Joey his music was too loud and nearly wet myself laughing about it. Next I’ll be saying “Get off my lawn!!!”
13. I knew Brett Michaels when he didn’t wear a cowboy hat.
14. Technology makes me feel younger than ever by connecting to my high school and college friends.
15. I no longer waste money in tanning booths. I love my naturally healthy pasty glow.
16. I have fabulous friends all over the world due to FB and other technological wonders.
17. I understand my parents more and more each day. Well…mostly.
18. I have lost all sense of modesty as far as medical practitioners are concerned. Well…and inadvertently with a few door to door salespeople.
19. Some of my grandma’s advice and sayings mean more once you’ve hit forty.
20. Peer pressure is almost nonexistent at 41.
21. I totally rock my sprinkle of gray hair. YEAH!
22. I don’t mind interrupting people to get to the point. I mean…hello?! 41 here. I’ve got better things to do.
23. I know many songs. Many, many songs. Four decades worth.
24. I’m not afraid to dance in public places despite the intense mortification it brings to my son.
25. I’m not carded anymore unless someone is flirting with me (and that’s usually a large woman or an old man).
26. If I want to eat cereal for supper and pizza for breakfast I can. Not because I’m having a flashback to college but because it is awesome.
27. I have my own car and although I rarely make out in the backseat, I have my own car.
28. I can look back and honestly say that I did not learn how to manage money, plan meals and haggle with the IRS in high school like I needed to and that learning to graph a polynomial function and diagram a sentence haven’t served me in any practical way whatsoever.
29. I don’t care what people think I SHOULD do. I’ve done that. I am old. I can do whatever I damn well please. Yes. That includes cursing in a list about how awesome 41 is.
30. I rarely have to worry about revealing friends’ secrets. Their lives are boring too and I forget stuff. A lot.
31. I do not receive stuff from the AARP. Yet.
32. I can retire in about 12 years.
33. The odds of me being kidnapped at age 41 with no money are almost at zero.
34. People have stopped asking me what I’m going to be when I grow up. (Although I’ve totally decided that I want to be a movie critic.)
35. At 41 it’s okay to be tired. People expect it.
36. At this point in my career I actually know stuff. Stuff that other people don’t know or want to know. I wonder if I’ll ever feel like I know enough.
37. I sing every day.
38. Nap time is fun again!
39. I have no need to be in the dating scene. Thank God! It’s much weirder now than I remember.
40. If my family history serves me well, I have another 15-20 years on earth. That’s just enough time to take over the world.
41. I am exactly where I want to be.