What then?

There was something about turning 40 that made me feel like my life was pretty much done. For reasons both cultural, gendered and personal, it felt like an ending. As a childless woman over 40, I figured I had a few years of invisibility to enjoy before the end.
Then I realized how long a life could be. Approaching my 20 year college reunion, I thought about how much had happened in 20 years, which made me realize how much MORE could happen in the next 20 years. And in the 20 years after that, I have lifetimes of life ahead of me.
I have a client who just celebrated his 80th birthday and yesterday, he told me that he’d fallen in love for the first time in his life.
This world is full of surprises –
you really don’t know what will be next –
especially when you think you do.


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