Turning 40

So, I just turned 40. Wow, I’m totally shocked. I never thought I’d actually make it this long. I am happy that I did. When you age, you definitely feel more things in your body and can tell you’re getting older. I’m still young. Although to be honest, it’s a gift and a privilege to become older, wiser and see new perspectives.

You know, society always makes a big deal out of people growing older. You see articles or advertisements with suggestions of how to reduce the signs of aging. Companies sell products claiming their product will make you look younger. Here’s what I think: age is a mindset. If you feel old, you’ll be old. I do have some thoughts of things people can do to feel better about themselves, whether they’re in their 20s or 40s.

Take care of your body.

This seems like a no brainer. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to forget to do simple things, like eating right, getting enough sleep, moderating your alcohol consumption. I know this pandemic has thrown everyone for a loop. With people becoming vaccinated and restaurants and stores opening up again, this may be a good time to examine some ways you can make changes in your life. You’ll look and feel better about yourself.

Stay active.

It doesn’t matter what you do. Just get moving! For me, I play a lot of golf. I take my dog, Mya, for walks. I take my skateboard out and race around town with it. With the weather warming up finally, this is a great time to get out. No matter what your ability or disability, you can find a fun activity that gets your heart rate up.

Have fun.

Acting your age is completely overrated. Us adults work hard all the time. We need to take a break, blow off some steam, relax, have fun. I like to hang out with my friends and family. Last year, a bunch of my friends trip to the Wisconsin Dells together and it was awesome. We all need to do things for ourselves once and while, or you’ll go crazy.

So, remember, if you’re worried about getting older, don’t! You only get better with age. I’m proud to be 40 and I’m proud of who I am. I can’t wait to see what else I’m going to do and learn in the next 40 years. Cheers!

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.