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Why I Love Being 40

I love having arrived at many of the career aspirations I had since childhood.  Suddenly I awoke one day after years of effort to the realization that all those things I wanted to do I’m actually doing.

Along my journey, I saw an interview on television of a man who was also injured in a car accident.  He said something like:  “before the accident I could do 10,000 things. Now I can do 3,000 things.  I could waste my time worrying about the 7,000 things I can’t do or I can really enjoy the 3,000 things I still can do.”  That was an “a-ha” moment for me.

I still can’t do some of the physical activities I once could but I can prepare a delicious meal and savor every bite knowing it has tremendous healing properties for my body.

I can sit at my computer, tell stories or share knowledge that I acquired along the path to my four decades.  I receive feedback on a regular basis that the snippets I share have helped someone somewhere along his or her journey through life.  And that means the world to me.

I can go for walks with the love of my life, who I know didn’t choose me as his life partner for a “hot bod” I may never possess or some equally shallow reason but who stood by me, and sometimes carried me, through the most difficult times in my life because I seemed to have the combination of personality traits that he loved and that he wanted to be with me.

And I can appreciate the miracle of life, of learning and of just being.  When I discover some new information about the healing power of a plant or a food and I experience the symptom relief or deeper healing it shares, I can truly appreciate the miracle of the Universe that has just been imparted with me.  And I can stand in awe at the miracles, small or large that I am witness to, or a part of, every day.  And I know that I am only 40 so I likely have many more years left to enjoy all these things that make my heart sing and many more.


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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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11:41PM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Very positive

2:56AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks for posting.

10:15AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Thank you !

2:34PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

I enjoyed reading this inspirational article and also the comments!

7:36PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Being 40+ its ok no big deal about that. And if ur lucky u ll turn 50 and if u have more luck ull turn 70. That is life nobody comes to this world to "grow young" except for Benjamin Button lol

4:50PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Such an inspiring story! I can relate to this in so many ways. I just turned 40 as well, and like Michelle, I almost didn't make it. I've worked hard to make each day better than the day before, and can enjoy 40 with the knowledge that I'm the healthiest and happiest I've ever been. Congratulations on your success, Michelle! Happy Birthday!

7:15PM PST on Jan 24, 2013


6:28AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

what about 40+?

5:00AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Embrace your age and try to be your best every day and be grateful for life and the lessons it has to offer!!! No excuses - just live!!!

2:13AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

I loved being 40 and I loved being 30 but 40 was even better. as every decade presents to you, you just grow, change and evolve.

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