My husband is the best. My fortieth birthday is a little over three months away – and last night he asked me what I wanted for my birthday.
I’ve spent a few days chewing on it – and I can’t think of anything. We were thinking about a trip to New Orleans – but have decided to funnel our extra money into new windows and doors at the house. I’m admittedly a little disappointed – but it will happen someday. We went on our big trip to the Netherlands last year, and we’ve got plans to rent a cottage in a neighboring state in the summer. I can’t complain. I’d be just as happy if he told me that the windows and doors were my present.
I think I’m at the point now where I’m just content. I have all the material things that I need. If there’s something I don’t have, I have the money to buy it. There are things that would make my life easier – like working part-time instead of full-time. Or a maid.
The thing I want most is time to make more memories with my family. Spend time out with my kids. A little alone time here and there with my husband.
I’ve taken responsibility for my own happiness. For me, happiness doesn’t depend on gifts or material things.
It depends on me.
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I love what you said about taking responsibility for our own happiness, When people fret about getting older, I count those little gifts of wisdom as reasons it’s all worth it. We’re so much wiser with age. Happy 40th to you, and I wish you many great memories!
Oh wait it is Throwback Thursday – so how was the big 4-0?
Getting better all the time.
Love that last line – happiness depends on me. For years and years I have measured my happiness on what others think, do and say. Since I learned that I have the power and the CHOICE to decide to be happy, my life has been better off for it. I find also that as I get older (33 now) that the things I want for my birthday are no longer things that I can buy either. Still – I hope you enjoy your 4-0 and create many memories with your family.