Life begins at 40 – and what makes your heart beat with new purpose?
Growing up, 40 seemed ancient and yet, I still feel like a kid in a candy store when I view and think about certain things in life.
Being a dad keeps my mind young and ages my body in triple time.
There are benefits about being older… I mean, wiser – because you take each step with your cumulative life experience and lessons.
I’m more decisive and don’t agonize over every detail as much as I used to.
Exercising a good work ethic is still important – and I expect it from others – but I focus now on working smarter, not harder.
I appreciate the opportunities to give back – despite my very limited time – including enjoying coaching others.
Work life balance is a top priority. If it’s one thing the pandemic years has reinforced, it’s to enjoy life and each other while we still can.
For the most part, I’m enjoying my 40s. It isn’t without challenges – like raising a child with an invisible disability.
When I think about the next phase of life, I am more excited than daunted about what lies ahead.
I hope I never stop wanting to grow and challenge myself – because I feel the best years are still ahead.
I look at one of my muses, Kylie Minogue, who in her mid 50s is having a charts resurgence with her infectiously joyous new song, Padam Padam.
I find the narrative around her perceived comeback interesting – as if artists (and women) of a certain age should just lie down and die.
I find the middle stage of life fascinating, because we can take everything we’ve spent years honing and put it to creatively good use with more precision, decisiveness and confidence.
But I also keep it real. Life these days is centered around T – all my free time is consumed by T.
Most days, I feel deep gratitude for this; some days, I desperately want a break.
But on this Fathers Day weekend, I look at our little kid and think to myself how lucky did we get when the universe matched the hubby and I with him as his parents.
What makes your heart beat and go Padam Padam?