40

by Chris Loprete

The “turning 40” clouds are darkening on the horizon.  By the time you read this the skies will have opened up and I’ll be soaking wet.  I was fully prepared to suffer hourly panic attacks and sink into a deep depression once the storm hit.  I’m definitely susceptible to a major mid-life crisis, but I think I can stave it off for a few more years.  So stay tuned because as readers of this blog, you’ll get to witness my descent into madness.  That’ll be fun for you.

I actually feel pretty good about turning 40.  I’ve always been one for new beginnings.  Every major calendar event is an excuse to start over.  January 1st?  THIS year’s gonna be different!  Birthday? THIS is gonna be my year! Arbor Day?  THIS is my chance to be more outdoorsy.  But I really mean it this time.  They say life begins at 40 and I don’t think you can fully understand that phrase until you’ve reached that milestone.  My twenties were fun but they don’t count.  I was a kid.  I was running all over the country (literally) and working in small theatres for no money, with no idea of what to do with my life or where to do it.  Then came my 30s and it took the full ten years to grow up.  Married at 31, homeowner at 32, father at 35, father again at 38.  And now the start of my 40s.  I feel like it’s time to start living the life I’ve worked so hard to build for the last ten years.  It creeps me out that I vividly remember my parents turning 40.  One should never feel like they’re catching up to their parents, ya know?  At the same time though I remember wondering where I’d be when I reached their age.  Would I have found the love of my life?  Check.  I woke up next to her this morning.  Would I be a father?  Check.  I have the two cutest and sweetest boys in the world.  Yes, I’m the one.  Would I love my job?  Check.  Would I be an Emmy or Oscar winner?  Okay…let’s stick a pin in that one for now.  Look, I don’t own my dream home.  I don’t sleep on a pile of money at night.  And as a friend once said “life is hard and expensive.”  But looking back at my past (as I’m notorious for doing) I’ve done okay.  And I’m ready to start living.  Another expression is that 40 is the new 20.  If that’s true that would also be great.  Buy that math, 60 would be the new 40 so life would begin then too.

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About A Wishful Thought

I am a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. I am an entrepreneur. At Villanova University I studied Operations Management specializing in Program and Project Management. I worked at various oil refineries honing my skills and ultimately opened my own consulting firm. I consulted on Environmental Restoration and defense projects including software development, satellite development and programming, phased array radars, helicopter and tank development, etc. I decided to take new direction in life when I became pregnant in 2000. I founded my own corporation, Wish Enterprises, Inc., to fulfill my own wish of being able to stay home with my son while contributing to the family income. With my husband’s full support, I developed and founded The Wish Place. I now also own Buy By Mom to continue to my mission of assisting parents who want to be successful in their businesses. I am the Director of Communications for Our Milk Money, the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the Colorado State Coordinator for Smart Girl Politics. I am a professional writer and blogger. I am the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Moms Examiner for Examiner.com. I write articles for work at home parents on my blog associated with The Wish Place. I review products produced by moms and dads and feature businesses run by moms and dads on my Buy By Mom blog. I write for various online publications and am also a political writer. My specialty is connecting people with great home business opportunities and providing unmatched one-on-one mentorship to those starting a home business. My passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children. To that end, I am a Legislative Advocate at the National and State levels to influence policy so that it is favorable to those in business.
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