On my 40th birthday, this is the advice I would give my younger self

I can’t believe I’m 40 because I feel forever…26.

my birthday On Thanksgiving this year, which seems appropriate. My mom was in the hospital giving birth to me and my sister over Thanksgiving. She had a turkey in the hospital and soggy stuffing, but she was fulfilling her biggest dream, her wildest wish: to have two healthy babies. Holding one of us in her arms, she said, filled her with awe and gratitude. And that’s how I feel at 40 – incredibly grateful.

I want to spend the next decade with my children in my arms, silently counting (or shouting out loud!) my blessings.

But first, here are a few things I would say to young Jenna.

Don’t stick out your tongue

They have The camera is on your face, Always.

All is well

My mom always says there’s nothing worth worrying about until there really is something worth worrying about. Just try to enjoy all the beautiful moments.

Low rise jeans are not a good look for anyone

Pull your jeans please.

You will have friends who will be in your life for more than 30 years

You’ll still love them even if you haven’t lived in the same place for decades. Enjoy it. Enjoy the people who love you and don’t worry about the people who don’t like you.

Fun is underrated

Get it as much as you can.

Your dreams will come true

You will be surrounded by people who love you. You will have the children you always dreamed of. That cute boy that you like …well, you will marry him. By your fortieth birthday, you will have known him for almost half of your life. To feel loved by someone who really knows you – someone who has known you since you put on low-rise jeans and stuck out your tongue – would be the beginning of a dream.

Your life will not be exactly what you dreamed of – you will lose the people you love. You will grieve in the place where you kept your unchanging love.

And although you never dreamed of getting this job, it’s a perfect fit. As a kid full of auditioning for Broadway, all you wanted was to make people laugh and entertain them.

The fact that you will be sitting next to A woman with a big heart And to do that – be a part of the morning people – is a dream. You’re Living Your Dream So turning 40 feels like another beautiful year, and it’s not one you’ll take for granted.

I read this beautiful quote once: “Remember when everything you had was just a dream.” For the next decade, I want to surround myself with love and joy in the beautiful things I already own. You don’t need anything else. I want to live each day in gratitude for all that I have.

As told to Rihanna Murray

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