2014 BLOG – DAY 21 peak performance: this is 40

21 Jan

This week officially kicks off my 40th year on earth. 

My birthday is not until Sunday but I’m starting the celebration now. I mean, you only turn 40 once you know. (At least once this year.)

The funny, ironic, odd, weird, strangely wacko thing is this:
I feel like I’ve been 40 for twenty years already. 

I’m not joking.
I think it comes with the territory of having cancer as a teenager, losing my mother to breast cancer in my twenties, a divorce and a pink slip in my thirties. A surgery last year.

Believe me, I would change NOTHING about my life so far.  All the ups and down and everything in between have made me who I am and who I am supposed to be.

Experience has taught me though to feel a bit more like 40 for about, well, the last two decades. Life lessons, learned wisdom.

But here’s what I’m thinking…

Since I will soon have a 4 in front of my age bracket it gives me permission to fully be myself.  To fully think what I know. To really live what I love. To loudly say what I believe. To actually listen to my 40-year old beating heart.

No holds barred. 
Might that lead to peak performance?
Who knows?

I do know this: 
I have made it here without a spleen, a thyroid, wisdom teeth and a handful of lymph nodes too.
Without my mother’s hugs (but with her love).
Without losing my sense of humor too (a minor miracle).
And, I have made it here without losing my faith in all that is good.

But I wouldn’t have made it here without you — friends, family, soulmates, sisters, confidants, and all the people I adore. Because it takes a village.

And now is the time in life that I hope to turn back and give back. To help, to extend, to stretch, to reach out and to dive in.

(Lord knows what I’ll learn in the next forty years!)

This. Is. 40. 
Well almost….

Let the countdown begin to Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{here’s to you}

4 Responses to “2014 BLOG – DAY 21 peak performance: this is 40”

  1. Diane Neal Emmons January 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM #

    Whatever age you are, you’re the best. And a wonderful example to all of us of whatever age and stage – Thanks for your life so far and to come!
    Lovemore

    • Jamie January 22, 2014 at 8:23 AM #

      Thank you for your life and your wisdom you have shared with me Diane. I love you dearly!

  2. Debby Edwards January 22, 2014 at 8:01 AM #

    Oh Jamie, what wonderful words! You are a beautiful gift to all of us that know and adore you. Celebrating a you all week and always. Love, Debby

    Sent from my iPad Debby Edwards

    • Jamie January 22, 2014 at 8:24 AM #

      Oh, thank you Debby! You are the gift to me. Thank you for all of your love, support and kindness. See you in Chicago!!!

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