40 Things

2017 was a BIG year for me. I turned 40 on September 15th.

In the 40 days leading up to my birthday, I wrote a series of essays to cover the important lessons I have learned about life so far. My goal was to write forty short essays, but I fell short and finished with just twenty-two of them.

While life experiences change who we are as time goes on, what I did write is meaningful and represents the person I was in the days leading up to my fortieth birthday.

  1. I am beautiful.
  2. The sun rises every day.
  3. Running is hard but rewarding.
  4. Love is hard.
  5. Everyone is smart in their own way.
  6. Lies hurt everyone.
  7. Trust your gut.
  8. The best friends are the one that are there when you need them the most.
  9. Listen to your body.
  10. Be you.
  11. Money does not buy happiness.
  12. Patience is a virtue.
  13. Challenge yourself.
  14. There is nothing more valuable than time.
  15. Two wheels >  four wheels.
  16. Know when to walk away.
  17. Don’t quit without pushing for it first.
  18. There’s no place like home.
  19. Red wine is best when consumed in moderation.
  20. There will never be a perfect time.
  21. Never judge a book by its cover.
  22. It is important to have a creative outlet.