Forty (40) is a strange number when referred in context to age. While for some “Life begins at forty” whereas for some forty is a psychological milestone, a alarm bell of sorts to get your act together, a reminder of our mortality and probably for the most of us, a realization that we are at the halfway mark on the journey called life.
Sharing some nuggets of wisdom that may help if you are over 40 –
- After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, now I have started loving myself.
- I just realised that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.
- I now stopped bargaining with vegetables and fruits vendors. After all, a few rupees more is not going to burn a hole in my pocket but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.
- I pay the taxi driver without waiting for the change. The extra money might bring a smile on his face. After all he is toiling much harder for a living than me
- I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. After all, the story makes them walk down the memory lane and relieve the past.
- I’ve learnt not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. After all, the onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
- I give compliments freely and generously. After all it’s a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me.
- I’ve learnt not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. After all, personality speaks louder than appearances.
- I walk away from people who don’t value me. After all, they might not know my worth, but I do.
- I remain cool when someone plays dirty politics to outrun me in the rat race. After all, I am not a rat and neither am I in any race.
- I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. After all, it’s my emotions that make me human.
- I have learnt that its better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. After all, my ego will keep me aloof whereas with relationships I will never be alone.
- I’ve learnt to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.
- I am doing what makes me happy. After all, I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to me…..