This is, in fact, our first birthday issue – and in contemplating this passing of time it got us thinking about birthdays in general; in particular those that we simultaneously look forward to (excuse for a big party/spa day/sky dive) and dread (OMG I’m 30/40/50...insert age as appropriate). Why is it that we suddenly start to reflect on our life journey through the eyes of our younger selves, when we imagined where we would be when we reached this ‘momentous’ age, rather than the older and (hopefully!) wiser selves we are now?
My 30th was spent drinking warm champagne with good friends at Glastonbury Festival, having just quit my dream job and booked a one-way ticket to Australia – with my partner and best friend by my side for moral support. It was hedonistic, it was fun. But in terms of life goals I was a long way from anything I’d imagined a decade earlier. Chronic illness in my mid-20s set my life on a path I could never have anticipated; coming out the other side gave me the courage to set aside the life goals I’d always felt I should pursue and seek the experiences I’d missed out on while I was unwell. I’m so glad I did. The unknown turned out to be a lovely place.
As Annika Rose writes on page 18: “Growing older has certain challenges but there are also incredible gains to be made.” I hope our feature helps you to move through your milestones feeling positive, liberated and ready to take on your next adventure. Warm champagne anyone?
PS: You’ll find Take A Moment, our extra treat for you, inside
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