Monday, January 30, 2017

40 Years of Fun!

I actually have a smidgen of a bit of time to blog today! Yay! But because I don't have as much time to blog as I want, we're going to have to keep this short. Sorry, but that's the way my life is going for the next three weeks—and the way my life has been for the past month. Yes, I live in Busytown, USA!

As you might have guessed from this post's title, I've gone up, over, and I'm heading straight down the dreaded I-40 hill. That's code for "I'm 40 years old now!" 😂 Ha ha. I've never thought I would ever share my age on Enthusiastic Fantastic, but now that I'm closer to death than birth (according to who, I don't know—but that's what's been said for years!), I don't really care about my age anymore.

Anyone who knew me 10 years ago would probably be shocked by my previous sentence, but it's true! When I turned 30, I really struggled. I don't know what it was about turning "The Big 3.0." that freaked me out so much, but I was not happy to see my 30th birthday come. Don't worry, I was so happy to be alive, but I would have been happier to stay 25-years-young forever! 😀 Yet now that I'm 40, I'm like, "Woohoo! I'm 40 years old! And I don't even care! Life is so awesome!" 😁

I've learned so many things in the four decades I've been alive. I feel so much more at peace now than I ever did before. Also? The past 10 years of my life have been the hardest years e.v.e.r., so the fact that I survived them and I'm thriving, well I feel like the Champion of Living! #yayme! 😉 In all seriousness, the fact that I endured 2007–2017 so well nearly blows my mind. If I can survive that decade, I can literally do anything! (No, I'm not trying to jinx myself!)

I didn't have a big blow-out birthday bash this year because I wasn't feeling particularly partyish. In other words, everything I wanted to do for my birthday included being physically active and being able to participate in said active activities. Because of Fankle's incomplete healing (I'm in month five+ of my recovery), I decided to keep my birthday simple this year. But have no fear, I was well-cared-for and felt very loved by my family and friends! 🎁💐💌

That said, I'm predicting that year 41 will be a huge celebration! Of course, that idea is so fun! for me because I'm assuming that Fankle will be fully healed in less than one year. 🤞! Yet I'm under no delusions that I'll finish Fankle's Run with a perfect recovery; I'm painfully aware that I might not ever be able to physically do everything that I used to do before Fankle joined my life. 😔 But I have hope that I'll be able to enjoy many of the activities (pretty please?!) that I used to before June 7th, 2016.

What I'm really grateful for (among so many things) after 40 years on this precious, beautiful earth, is that I've had so much FUN in my life! Yes, there have been moments of extreme sadness, stark loneliness, a little regret, some wincing, a few grimaces, a lot of eye rolls, multiple face squinches, dreary tears, and frustrations galore, but I've spent the vast majority of my life's minutes having fun and being happy! 🎆🎈🎉

As my time for blogging is now up 😞, I'll leave you with these fantastic photos that my brother-in-law edited for me. I'm so grateful he shared his artistic time with me! I told him it was the best 40th birthday present he could have given me! He really is so talented!

I'm so happy my brother-in-law jumped on the Meitu Instagram bandwagon because I wasn't brave enough to do it! Supposedly, the Meitu app is dangerous because China is spying on us through our phones when we download it. As much as I assume and hope China isn't trying to make my life miserable by gathering my data and photos, I'm definitely a "Don't spy on me!" kind of girl. I mean, I know my life isn't that interesting, but I still want to keep my privacy on my terms! 😎 I.e., I'll share what I want to share with the world! Don't steal from me!

Actually, I didn't know about Meitu until my brother-in-law told us about it, but it's definitely trending on Insta! If you click on the above link, be aware that there are a few spam hashtaggers who want to ride the Meitu popularity wave. Be sure to page down to see the app's real photos.

I'm pretty happy with the way my photos turned out! Yes, they're totally "out there" and I look like a cartoon character, but one of the greatest things we get to enjoy in this life is having fun!, and these photos are a pretty great start to my 41st year! (You know, because I've completed 40 years already. Ha ha.)

Now, I want all of you to promise yourselves that you'll do something FUN today because we only live once and we must enjoy every minute! 😊

This one makes me laugh because the filter makes everyone chubby!

P.S. I just realized this is my 150th post published on Enthusiastic Fantastic! That is most definitely a cause for celebration! 😁🎆🎊🎈🎉

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