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"Rome doesn't compete. Rome just watches all the fussing and striving, completely unfazed. I am inspired by the regal self-assurance of this city, so grounded and rounded, so amused and monumental, knowing she is held securely in the palm of history. I would like to be like Rome when I am an old lady.” -Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray and Love)
Crossing over 40 is like going to the other side of your mind zone. You suddenly feel liberated from the clutches of your own limitations, free from the fear of what people say. You feel the spurt of new energy for soaring above.
You realize that you will not grow young or remain youthful anymore. But there are no regrets- Only memories, some sweet, some bitter and some saucy! It’s the mix of those different experiences that gives you a fresh perspective for life and times to come; a new vigour to embrace the unseen future wholeheartedly.
Contrary to what people say, I find 40 to be the peak of my life. I am neither naïve enough to chew upon others' ideas and impressions nor old enough to give up hope. I am the horizon that moves endlessly into eternity. I suddenly feel liberated the desire to keep people around me happy or the urge to be a superwoman.
I feel like a strong woman sans inhibition, sans shackles of worldly ties, sans emotional hang ups. I have started realizing the worth of time in terms of seconds, the significance of small things. And I have begun to be more joyful, living each moment fully.
Youth felt like gobbling down the food. 40s feel like relishing the taste of food with comfort. That’s what being 40 is all about to me. It’s neither the beginning, nor the end. It’s a phase where I can mirror both youth and old age in the same frame and see life as a whole. Being 40 is indeed an exhilarating experience!
“I wear my wrinkles like battle scars, having earned every last one slaying life’s dragons. They boast of my victories and some defeats while their beauty is a wealth of wisdom gained.” - Richelle Goodriche (Slaying Dragons)