When I was on the cusp of 40, the mother of an old friend told me that her 40s were her favorite years. “I had good health as when I was younger,” she said, “but my career had hit its stride and so I finally had the money to enjoy it.”

I’m 46 today, which places me well into the back half of my middle decade, It turns out that my friend’s mom was right. But more than that, my 40s have brought maturity and peace. I wouldn’t trade those for one minute of being twentysomething again. Bring on the graying temples.


30 thoughts on “46

  1. Sandy says:

    Happy birthday Jim! I couldn’t agree more with this post. Funny that I was talking to someone about this very same feeling this morning. Looking forward to the rest of my 40s. Here’s to the Fabulous 40s and to a Fabulous Birthday for you!… and yes, to the next 46 years!

  2. Carole says:

    All of the decades are good…different…many pros & cons with each…but GOOD. Relish them all as each new chapter in this ‘ol life is worth experiencing!
    Late, but Happy Birthday!

  3. Carole says:

    Sometimes, time gives one better perspective. I was taught that we are supposed to be thankful for everything…dreadful included. Every experience is to be learned from to make us better human beings, thus, all decades are good – even with the bad times.
    Rejoice in your birthday! Look where you are at! Life is good!

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