I’m 45. Can I seriously be “over the hill”?

Like most people my age, I’ve started asking myself the big questions. What is my purpose in life? What have I accomplished? What will be my legacy? Some people refer to this as a mid-life crisis. Admittedly, I did initially think of it as a crisis. Turning 40 was an awful feeling but one of my good friends made a comment that made me think. “The forties were my favorite years”, she said. Five years later, I have to agree with her. There’s no drama, no financial burden, no major stress. Life is really good.

So, why start a blog? As one who used to journal as a child, it seems the natural thing to do when one wants to work out feelings, frustrations, big decisions, etc. Why do it in a public place such as this? Well, at least in my experience, when you’re over 40, you no longer care what people think about you. Why not join a support group of others going through this same transitional period in life? I’m a firm believer in support groups.

Yes, I’m 45 years old. Over the hill? I don’t feel old. I’ve heard it said that 40 is the new 30, 60 is the new 40 and so forth. Technically, judging by age and family medical history, I’ve definitely rounded the top of the hill. Someone, somewhere told me that “being over 40 is like the beginning of your second life instead of the ending of your life”. I like this. This is my plan. Begin a new life.

My husband of 10 years and I are beginning our new life in a big way. His three boys are grown at ages 27, 24 and 20, so we are empty-nesters. We are also moving from rural to urban life. A lot of big changes are in store for us and this is an exciting way to celebrate the beginning of our new life together.

Stay tuned for more posts on our journey over the hill.

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