Tomorrow I Will Be 40


Or to put it another way, today’s the last day of being in my thirties.

I have spent the last few days celebrating, as Friday was the Husband’s 41st birthday and then we had the weekend to ourselves whilst the kids stayed at my mum’s. It was lovely. Today we have Little Man with us so we’ll be off out on an adventure before picking up Boo later.

Then tomorrow, on the big day, Little Man will be at nursery, so it’s just the two of us again and I am doing what every self-respecting bookworm does. Visiting a huge second hand bookshop and spending the whole day there – it’s my 40th, I can totally do as I please! I hope there will also be birthday cake after we collect the kids from school and nursery and I am thinking a takeaway would be nice.

I’m not one for big parties, so this is all perfect to me. I have got a few other trips and meals planned with various friends and family over the next couple of weeks, too, as I think a 40th birthday should be a ‘birthmonth’, right?

I do not feel older, I do not feel any sadness or trepidation about entering my forties. I still feel like I’m in my teens anyway half the time, early twenties at most.

It feels funny to say goodbye to the decade of so many changes. My thirties saw me at the peak of my career, having my children, completely changing my life, becoming a blogger and all of these changes have brought so many wonderful friends into my life. I liked my thirties.

When I think of all that my 40th year will bring, I have to smile.

This coming twelve months will see both of my babies at school, a big milestone, which will also give me more time to build this blog. It will see me complete my degree that I have worked so hard on for several years. And it will see me take my children on the holiday of a lifetime to Disney World. I’m thinking 40 won’t be that bad, not bad at all.

How did you feel turning 40? Or is yours coming up?

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14 thoughts on “Tomorrow I Will Be 40

  • Kim Carberry

    Ohh! Yes! Being 40 should be celebrated for a whole month…It sounds like you have the perfect day planned…
    I have a couple of years before I hit 40….It doesn’t bother me at all. Age is just a number.
    Happy birthday for tomorrow! Have a fab day x

  • Karen

    Happy Birthday for tomorrow! the Big 40 isn’t as bad as people say! I’m well into and I’ve adopted an “if I can do it I will” attitude. I’ve gained a greater appreciation of a Friday night in with a glass of wine and Gardener’s World! and I still haven’t decided what I want to do when I grow up LOL!

  • Louise Houghton

    I was 8 months pregnant with my second boy on my 40th birthday. I have to say I have loved my 40’s – 50 next year!!!! In my 40’s I became so very comfortable with myself and I know I’d been married a couple of years by then, but as an individual I realised what was important to me, who was important to me and how I wanted my life to be. I became a little selfish in a way as I no longer worry about how people perceive me and tend to think don’t sweat the small stuff, you know? I have tried to explain to a family member who is 15 years or so younger than me that you are the one that is important until you are in the position where you need to consider the feelings and situation of another. I didn’t always do that in my 30’s but can see how important it can be for you to find yourself and ultimately be the person you want to be. I hope she feels in her 40’s the way I did/do!

    • Jocelyn Post author

      Thanks for sharing, Louise.I do think you relax more into your own skin as you get older and priorities do shift x

  • Debbie | An Organised Mess

    Happy birthday!! Next August for me. I think I might be in denial, but it’s probably just the memory loss which comes with age, I now have to stop and pause when people ask how old I am. I am planning on a ‘birth-month’ just because I can. I really do want to do something special for it, but have no idea what. My 30th was spent 11 weeks pregnant sweltering down the Nile. 40th with three children, so hopefully family friendly but fun. I hope you have the best 40th year- with Disney World involved, I don’t doubt it. x

  • Angela Webster

    It sounds like you had a wonderful day, I turn 40 in November and I’m still dithering about how to celebrate. I did have a night away planned but I think i would prefer a spending spree with the money instead. 40 sounds like it’s going to be a great year for you x