Here’s to my Fabulous Forties and Beyond!

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Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me! Yay, it’s my birthday and I’ve made it to forty. Now I know there are a lot of people who might think why are you shouting about it. Yes, they are right why am I shouting about it. Well I had a brother who never made to 19 let alone 40 so to be honest, I think it’s amazing to have made it this far in the game of life!

Although, there is a huge part of me that would like to crawl under a rock and cry. There’s a bigger part of me that wants to celebrate this birthday in style. Megan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland once told Megan that a birthday should be looked at like New Year. It’s a time for the person celebrating to look back and to start over.

My big brother Piers and I on holiday as children

So as I look back over my life, it’s been a bumpy ride. I have definitely had my fair share of ups and downs. The biggest bump I had to deal with at a young age was losing my big brother Piers. It was an extremely hard hurdle to jump and there are times when I still don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand what happened to him. But I have survived and it didn’t kill me, touch wood.

Then, as I’m sure many people have, I’ve had to overcome bullying from ‘so called’ friends, family members and work colleagues. I wasn’t a great lover of school or University. (Don’t ask me how I got a degree but I did). Plus I have never found it easy to get a job nor to stick to anything I really enjoy. (Apart from my blog and my YouTube channel.) Life has sucked a lot. I’m not making my life sound like a bed of roses am I! As my English tutor once said everyone has a novel inside of them.

So that’s the bad part of my novel and here’s the good. I have had a lot of amazing experiences. Firstly, I have travelled to Australia and America. I’m an educated woman. I met and married an amazing man, Howard my soul mate. We had a beautiful baby boy, Ted who can be a handful at times but is genuinely my world. Ted makes our life very interesting but I wouldn’t be without him now. I love these two people and I’m glad I get to spend hopefully another forty years or more with them.

I guess what I’m trying to say is life is a roller coaster and I have taken the rough part of life and mixed it with the smooth. I will never forget my bad experiences as they have helped me to grow as a person. Today I feel happy and healthy. I have people in my life I love and that, fingers crossed, love me too. I have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in at night, food on the table and clothes on my back to keep me warm. Basically I have everything I need so nothing to do now than look forward and wonder what the future holds. Whatever is in store I’m going to try and enjoy this roller coaster ride of life.

A little me who had no idea what the world had in store for her.