Over the weekend, we attended a friends 40th birthday barbecue. She hadn’t really wanted to celebrate it, as birthdays are not her thing, but after all of us hounded her for a party she gave in!
I have never had an issue with birthdays and to be honest have never shied away from a good shindig! But birthdays are one of those things that polarize people, you either want to celebrate in style or allow them to slink away like a snake. I love birthday parties and its an excuse to celebrate that you have managed another year in this fast paced, uncertain time we live in. I think this is even more important in a recession ,when there are so many depressing reports daily, on how houses have been repossessed, food shopping is expensive and redundancies. What better reason to get all your friends and family together to drink, eat, be merry and do karaoke? ( Oops , sorry the karaoke part is just my idea of a party!)
Frankly, for me , I am convinced my forties are going to be a brilliant decade. The fripperies of youth are well behind me, sartorially ,I think I have found my fashion style, my skin still has enough collagen left in it, my health is still good, my children still think I am cool( though how long that will last is anyone’s guess, as one starts school and the other is just a baby!) and I am looking forward to taking my kids travelling and generally having fun.
A lot of the women I admire now are well over forty such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Sharon Stone, Helen Mirren, in fact a few of them are pushing their 50s and 60s. This shows age isn’t a barrier to your talent, good looks and sense of humour.
The song above, life begins at 40, expresses how I feel, and as we are only midway through it, lots more enjoyment to come.
(to clarify though, I am still a few years away from forty yet!)