Turning 40 Around the World – The Finding 40 Project
One of the great joys of turning 50 was knowing that no matter what I had thought my 40’s would be, I hadn’t begun to imagine the people I’d meet and experiences I’d have. I had learned to greet 50 with respect and awe. I remember the emotions connected with turning 40 – they were a mixture of hope and anticipation.
Globally, thankfully, more people – more women – understand that most of the time the things we fear about our “0” birthdays – those ones with a zero at the end, are not as bad as we make them out to be. They will bring their own share of laughter, joy, sadness, travel, living, loving and life.
Author Amy Cebulski demonstrates in her book, The Finding 40 Project, that women everywhere are coming to their 40s with renewed energy and an openness to opportunities, whether they realize it or not.
Cebulski’s ability to welcome the reader into the interview is delightful. Her ease of setting the scene and letting each story flow allows the reader to jump between stories – skimming stories as time allows, or read page after page. As with most things, some stories will resonate more, some less. All are interesting. All are authentic. In a time when various media channels are happy to tell women of all countries what they should be doing, feeling, experiencing and striving for, The Finding 40 Project is a delight to read.
It is obvious from the first profile to the last – this project brought the joy of connecting with others, hearing their stories and feelings of comfort at knowing none of us is alone in this journey. Although our stories are not the same, the threads of emotions that weave through the lives of women are beautifully illustrated in the stories within these pages.
From public figures juggling families and careers, to those living a quieter life, the stories showcase the journeys towards an age that has long been viewed as one of life’s major turning points.
Through sharing their stories of joy and heartbreak, physical challenges, financial challenges and sometimes incredible joy, the reader catches a glimpse of themselves in a sentence or a story – a shared experience that can bind strangers.
I know that I will return to it from time to time, to remember that we are all on a journey and we each get to write new chapters. Even if they are only in changing our focus by a few degrees, we can change the story from what someone else sets up for us, and that makes all the difference.