My friend Jeanne recently turned forty. By her own estimation, her life is wonderful and filled with love. But she admitted that it didn’t seem that long ago when she thought that one of the worst things in life would be to still be single at twenty-five. No way could she imagine still being single at thirty-five. That would be HORRIBLE! And now here she was, tentatively peeking her nose out from under the covers as she awoke, still single, on the first morning of the start of her fifth decade.
Although weary of the feeling that would welcome her, she was pleasantly surprised to report nothing but fantastic, Adultitis-free feelings! And then, for good measure, she engaged in a small rebellion.
She sent herself flowers.
And she included a note, reminding herself that being 40 and single is just fine, thank you very much.
Now Jeanne admitted that at first, while she was ordering the flowers and writing the note, she felt narcissistic and even a bit wasteful. But she reported that seeing the flowers kicked Adultitis right out of her house (and the decade!), while helping her feel incredibly grateful for all of the blessings in her life.
We all need to be reminded of the blessings we have. And we all need to be encouraged from time to time.
There is no rule that those reminders and encouragements have to come from someone else, as this video clearly shows:
Yep, I think we’d all be better off if we gave ourselves pep talks and flowers every once in a while.