Looks like I made it! :)
There was never any doubt that I would make it to my 40th birthday. If you had asked me when I was a kid if I would have reached this milestone with so many experiences and accomplishments under my belt, I probably would have laughed. Laughed unabashedly and really loud like I always do – because life is too short to be quiet.
So, to properly review these past 40 years, I looked at my Life List. My first reaction was “Holy crap, when did I find the time to do all that?!??” Especially with everything else going on in my life like school, marriage, career, family and friends, staying healthy, enjoying hobbies and day to day life and responsibilities. As of today, I have completed 273 items of 432 on my ever-growing list.
I’ve visited 17 countries. I’ve visited 6 provinces and 11 states. I’ve taken 8 cruises and too many trips to count.
I’ve celebrated 11 years of marriage. I’ve owned 6 different cars. I’ve lived in 5 different places I could call my own (2 apartments, 3 houses). I’ve lived in 3 different provinces in my lifetime and 6 different cities. So far.
I’ve worked at the same company for 18 and a half years and have held 5 different jobs there.
I’ve learned lots of skills and tried many new things. I’ve enjoyed numerous activities:
…from the amazing (ziplining in the rainforest in St. Kitts, cave tubing in Belize, attending a luau in Hawaii, a salmon bake in Alaska) to the fun (learning ballroom dancing, participating in a flash mob, learning the Thriller dance, going to a rave, singing in a talent show) to the cultural (the Louvre, the d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, the Parthenon, Old Town Rhodes) to the food-related (wine tasting in Niagara on the Lake, whiskey tasting in Ireland, having a meal at a chef’s table, eating shark / ostrich / escargot / duck / rabbit / caviar / venison / wild boar…) to the vehicular (ride in/on a limo, segway, catamaran, cruise ship, sailboat, go-kart, double decker bus, canoe, horse)…and so many more!
Life truly is a journey and it’s really what you make of it. Dreams are to be achieved; goals are to be attained. At 40, I don’t think I’m halfway through life yet and I’m looking forward to many more adventures, travels and learning experiences. I’m really excited for what’s to come. :)