40 Accomplishments by 40: Creating a Family of My Own

40 Accomplishments by 40: Creating a Family of My Own

It’s my birthday week and the beginning of the last year of my thirties.

Turning 30 was so traumatic, I expected the looming 40 to feel like the end of the world.

Surprise! It’s really not the end of the world.

I’m just coming out of a visit to the hospital and a few days out of commission – a story for another time – but I’m feeling better than I have in a while.

Physically, I’m still sorting things out. Mentally, I’ve decided to just let go and enjoy life – one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made.

The decision to not care can be a pretty low one. The apathy tied with not caring can grind the inertia of life to a halt. If you don’t care about anything, what’s the point?

In the same vein, if you are like me, you might be caring TOO MUCH.

A few weeks ago I had 40,000 things running through my head at any given time. I could barely function physically, on medical leave from work, and should have been focusing on nothing but healing, but I couldn’t let go of everything I was responsible for before having gotten sick. In the end, I collapsed both physically, mentally and emotionally.

I gave up.

After Rock Bottom and Letting Go

While hitting rock bottom is not necessarily fun, sometimes it’s necessary to stop the downward spiral and create a point from which to climb up.

So I’ve let go.

It’s not that I don’t care about things, it’s that I’m learning to prioritize. In order to do that, I’ve had to wipe the slate clean and let go of everything. It’s like starting from scratch or hitting the reset button.

Now I have an opportunity to slowly add things back into my life in an organized and prioritized manner. I have to take it slow and be sure not to add too much, and I have to remember that not everything can fit into every day.

This year my birthday felt significant in that I reached it. I hadn’t expected to, to be honest.

Now I can use 39 as a jumping off point. But I want to start small.

I’m taking inspiration from another blogger, and I’ll be spending this year checking off a list of 40 things I want to have accomplished by 40.

I also want to focus on building my list of future accomplishments for ages 40 to 50.

My mother shows me every day that there’s so much more to life past 40, so why stop here?

Without further ado….

40 Accomplishments by 40: Number 1

Creating a Family of My Own

I have wanted to have my “own family” since I was a little kid with my collection of cabbage patch dolls, strollers, and playpens. Taking care of others is just something that comes naturally for me.

I have been unable to conceive and only recently found out there is a nice collection of endometriosis fully blocking my Fallopian tubes. Trying to fix that has wreaked havoc on my physical condition. So I’ve had to decide that perhaps that’s not the way I’m meant to have a family.

My husband has had concerns for bringing a child into this world just to experience what we have. Things don’t look great politically, and the healthcare and economy just plain suck here in the U.S., so it’s a valid concern.

While I haven’t 100% given up hope of birthing a child, we are both currently happy considering the alternative of adopting. We’re not ready financially, and I don’t know if we’ll ever be, but there is hope that I can have and love a child in the future.

All that aside, there is no doubt that I have found an absolutely loving and wonderful person to spend this life with, and we have a collection of amazing cats that we’ve adopted and rescued.

Some may laugh, but I truly consider my animals a part of my family. I’ve taken my babies from being small, helpless, sick, and scared little creatures, to being full of life and vigor. I’ve watched them develop their own personalities, and I’ve even learned their individual language and cries.

Caring for this family, feeling their love, is something I am truly grateful to have.

Reviewing Instagram photos alone, I think I have plenty of proof that I’ve created a family of my own, so I’m checking that box – accomplishment DONE!

Check out my family from over the years:

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Sammy likes to play “fish” with my feet.

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Daddy has the best tummy.

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Sweet Dee

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Lazy day. What’s new?

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Everyone should have someone special to wake them up in the morning.

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Quick Quiz!

What is one thing in your life you are proud of having accomplished thus far?

Comments bring luck.

4 Replies on “40 Accomplishments by 40: Creating a Family of My Own

  1. Hi Jamie.

    I am glad you are on the path of healing and recuperating by the way. I think that’s the best way to go right now, know the important things and attend to those.

    A major accomplishment was starting an online business last month, i had wanted to do it but didn’t start for a long while, i did last month and it’s been pretty awesome.

    Thanks for sharing your story. I’ve learnt a number of things.

    All the very best Jamie.

    1. Hello, Festus. 

      Thank you so much for your comment and kind words. 

      Congratulations on starting your business. Finding a new path is always exciting. I can feel glorious things for you in the future. 



  2. I would love to read the remaining 39 accomplishments. You’ve got a nice way of looking at things and there’s a strange something about the way you write that immediately creates a strikes a chord. Maybe it’s because we all have had our share of pain and sufferings and, when you write about letting go, I think I can understand what you mean. Looks like you are already on your way to achieve greater things in life and I wish you the best in whatever you do. One of the ways we can make our life meaningful is by doing something we love and being obsessed with it. Obsession isn’t a good thing but I think a little madness, a certain degree is obsession is what we all need. As for the answer to your quiz, I’m happy that I have started a blog of my own and even though it’s still a work in progress, I’m proud of whatever I have been able to accomplish so far.

    1. Thank you so much, Sukumar. Your feedback makes me feel so warm, pleasant, and maybe a little proud. I’ve been trying hard to just be open, honest, and sincere when I write. I know it won’t communicate to everyone, but I love knowing someone can appreciate it. I’m so excited for your journey as a blogger. It’s an amazing way to contribute to the world. I wish you the best with it. 

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