Weird, Wrinkled and Wordy

December 7, 2007

Pondering 40

Filed under: Family,LIFE — Valorie Hoye @ 11:47 am

FortyI’ve really enjoyed being thirty-something. Much more than I enjoyed my twenties. But in a couple of days I get to move into a new set of numbers and I say “Bring it On!” Cliched, yes. But I’m glad to finally get there.

I’m not someone who would lie about my age or be coy and not answer when asked how old I am. I know I don’t look forty, and I’ve been told both encouragingly and disparagingly that I don’t act it. But I feel forty. I feel confident and happy. I know without a doubt who I am, even into the darkest shadows of my reluctant psyche. I like that person, flaws and all. I have enthusiasm but I now also have enough experience to feel prepared for whatever Life throws at me.

Forty is good.

Then, of course, my knees just creaked when I sat down and I’ll probably grunt when I get up out of the chair to go and colour my hair so my sister won’t bug me when I see her over Christmas about how much more gray I have than she does.

Getting older sucks, but the numbers are cool.



  1. Feel the same way. 41 stil feeling very much like 35 and acting more mature is good. I don’t have to dye my hair, so it looks more like a news paper, but i have hair. That’s what it counts.
    Good for you!!!!

    Comment by jesusbracho — December 7, 2007 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  2. I’m with you. I didn’t enjoy my “youth” as much as I’m enjoying my here and now (forties for me). It’s the body thing that’s a bummer.

    Comment by Dale — December 9, 2007 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

  3. I’m sorry I missed coming by this weekend but upcoming exams really had me under the gun over the weekend. All I can say is HAPPY B-DAY and I hope to god as I look half as good as you do when I turn 40.

    Comment by Marina — December 10, 2007 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

  4. People never believe I am 43. I still feel as if I am 20 something. Still, fifty keeps getting closer and closer. 🙂

    Comment by Marsha — January 11, 2008 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

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