Friday, 22 November 2013

Turning 40

Turning 40 was not difficult. Living in my 40s proved to be a bit tricky!

Maybe it was a sudden realisation that I reached the land of Middlelife and I only have 50% of an average lifespan left. Turning 40 also coincided with the return back to the mundane and ordinary after spending an extraordinary year sailing the Adriatic and travelling around Europe.

Leaving Dubrovnik
It could also be the sudden onset of arthritis which in my vocabulary goes together with grey hair and sensible shoes. Possibly even the fact that I now have someone very cute in my life who calls me Nana!
Sharing secrets
Anyhow, I am not at a stage of writing my bucket list yet, but I decided it was time to stop procrastinating and start fulfilling those plans I made when I was 17.

The first thing I tried was Burlesque! I am pretty sure that in my previous life I was a “flapper” of the “Roaring Twenties”. Spectacle and glamour, almost theatrical style of dressing up and all that jazz! My friend and I did the Beginners Course followed by a performance night at Sugar Blue Burlesque Academy in Perth. We had it all – glitter, silk stockings and red lipstick! And most of all fun, a lot of it! 

Pin-up girl
Other things on my To Do List included perfecting my piano skills, improving my French, studying photography, visiting St Petersburg, learning to like exercising, re-reading Russian literature classics, practicing yoga and many more. It’s a work in progress, but I am pleased to say I am getting there!