Turning 40 did not upset me. I was six months pregnant. In my mind I figured, “Old ladies can not have babies. I’m having a baby. Therefore, I can not be old.” That’s just science, y’all.
Then I turned 41. No lie… in my birthday month I was hit with bunion surgery, the need for bifocals, and a case of shingles. Overnight I had rocketed from 40 to 80. That ushered in a Major Midlife Crisis from which I have yet to emerge.
I stood on a precipice (not literally, or I may have hurled myself off) and had to decide whether to take hold of my health or cultivate a drinking habit.
After seeing a People magazine article about Christie Brinkley “rocking a bikini body at nearly 60” or something, I had an epiphany:
“You idiot. You’re going to turn 60 someday (God willing) and you’re going to look back and want to throttle 40-year-old Jen for wasting the past 20 years feeling old. You’re no Christie Brinkley, but you’re Not Old Yet!”
So with one last look of longing at the Bailey’s, I committed all in to getting healthy. I lost 40 pounds, joined the local gym, and fell in love with running.
BUT! That doesn’t stop all aging or health challenges! I’m battling migraines, seasonal depression, and various maladies. I sincerely hope that you are not. If you are, maybe my experiences can help you get some new ideas on how to feel better. At least we can commiserate together.
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