This is 40: A safari of humor, humility and humanity

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Every once in a while I like to take a moment and write from a place of humor and humility.  So in today’s post, rather than waxing prophetic, poetic or prosaic, I thought I’d take you enjoy a glimpse into my humorous self discovery. Here are 40 hilarious & human observations about rounding the bend and why I’m embracing life with all of it’s cruel jokes, humor and beauty.

  1. I can no longer sit OR stand for two long, I’ve become a hovering nomad
  2. I still get to enjoy the occasional zit AND count the burgeoning crows feet
  3. I never thought the words “stool softener” would be part of my vernacular
  4. At 35 I woke up and my pert round butt was were my flat abs used to be and my flat abs were in back, I’ve since begun to turn them back around
  5. I get more comfortable in my skin each and everyday
  6. I don’t care how crazy people think I am, in fact the further from “normal” I appear the better
  7. I know who my friends are
  8. Almost everything makes me laugh, and if it doesn’t I can find humor in it tout de suite
  9. I get cold at 70 degrees and hot at 70 degrees depending on the day or hour
  10. I truly enjoy cooking and baking every Sunday, and making enough for 10 people should anyone ever stop by hungry
  11. I love to play Scrabble on Friday nights with my 70 year old neighbor, she’s like a second grandma to me but also a true friend
  12. I was never supposed to be here this long, and for that I’m grateful each and every day
  13. I have the ability to be in a complete panic and yet remain calm & strong enough to move forward
  14. The little things that set me off can be the same little things that I find funny 30 second later
  15. I no longer to succumb to peer pressure about anything, in fact, I find myself digging my heels in to resist if said pressure is attempted
  16. I don’t have to make excuses to go to bed early, I’m 40
  17. I’ve not only accepted my own quirks, I admire them fondly and wear them proudly
  18. I drink hot tea all the time
  19. I now order my meals at restaurants like Meg Ryan in ‘When Harry Met Sally’
  20. A night of dancing at the ‘club’ now feels like running a marathon in cement shoes.  There should be drink stands and free chair massages.
  21. No matter what, I cry when I see someone else cry
  22. I love my dogs like other people love their children
  23. I now understand what my mother meant when she would say the phrase, “You just wait. You’ll see…”
  24. My heart breaks when I see suffering and wells up when I see random acts of kindness
  25. My first 20 or so years as an independent adult, I accumulated.  Now, I try to lessen
  26. Parts that I didn’t know I had just hurt for no reason sometimes
  27. Some days I feel like an 85 year old teenager
  28. I can literally sit outside for hours doing nothing
  29. Gardening shuts off my brain
  30. Some days my mind is completely still and others in never shuts up
  31. I read food ingredient and nutrition panels like I’m studying for the SAT
  32. I realize that I’ve been masquerading as an extroverted introvert for much of my life
  33. I still learn something new everyday, and I’m wondering if it’s because I used to know it but have since forgotten
  34. No matter how old I get I will never be able to remove a dead rodent from my own home
  35. I buy my shoes and clothes for comfort over style, but hope I have both
  36. Life just isn’t that serious
  37. ‘Sleeping in’ on the weekends is 7:30 or 8:00
  38. No matter what time I sent my alarm for, my body wants to get up a half hour later
  39. I still need to learn to apologize less and forgive myself more
  40. Laughter really is the best medicine, and I’m a great subject. Nobody laughs at me harder than me

What have you learned about yourself in your hears on this planet?


– Your Charmed Yogi

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40 Sun Salutations to Celebrate 40 Years

Sun SalutationI woke up this morning with 39 years on this planet in my rearview mirror, and I feel more alive, more centered within myself than I ever have. So, I decided to celebrate my 40th year with 40 sun salutations. Twenty Surya Namaskar A in the morning to honor the years that have brought me to this grounded place, and twenty in the evening to embrace the years to come with open arms and grace.

I look back at the past few decades (really, I can say decades) of my adult life, with humor and reflection. In my twenties, my goal was to finish college, get a good job, and move out of my parents’ house. In my thirties, my goal was to buy a house and establish some roots. In my forties, my goal is to have no goal. Not to be a total slacker, but to embrace the process of life for the journey itself and not be so concerned about the end result of the “achieving.”

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