I'm turning 40 on February 26.
I have not been happy about that, at all.
I'm not sure exactly why it bothers me so much, but it does, and I've spent the last year trying to outrun it and out strength train it (I take barre classes a few times a week and am developing some good muscle) and make myself into a better person and I still don't want to turn 40.
A couple of days ago my ex-husband and I were talking about the calendar for the next few months and he asked me what I was doing for my birthday and did I want him to take the kids that night or did I want the kids with me. And I totally went all Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally" on him. "I don't want to turn foooooorteeeee..." I said.
He blinked at me. "Why not?"
"Because it's foooooorteeeee," I moaned.
"Look, I've been 40 for eight years now, and it's kind of fun," he offered, like he was trying to talk down a jumper.
"But you're a maaaaaaan. Men don't care about turning foooooooorteeeee." And that's when he changed the subject to where our younger son's gloves could be.
So I was carefully avoiding it while simultaneously obsessing about it silently, and was working along on the 2013 Incredible Year Workbook and feeling excited about my year and then I got to this page:
And I did not want.
But then I took in a deep breath, and thought about it, and realized I needed to just suck it up and find a way to get ok with turning 40, and with being 40. And I said this to some people, and they all agreed that yes, I need to deal. So the way I'm going to deal is by doing 40 Fun Things, one every day, starting January 17 and ending February 25 to end off my fortieth year of life and transition me gently into my 40th birthday.
The first weekend of that time period I'll be on a mini-vacation with my friends from college (no kids, no partners), so I've got those four days covered for fun. But I still need 36 other things! (You can see that the page is still blank. No things written down yet.)
I can't afford to do expensive fun things, and I'm not looking for something deep and meaningful every day, and they don't have to be new (although it would be good if some of them were new, probably). But I'm taking all suggestions here in the comments. So lay some fun things on me, please!