Herewith, three “gifts” one 40-something would give a 20-something as their “Forty-Godmother”. What are yours?
Anything you are good at …try to explore.
Try to focus less on the physical. As physical attributes decrease, self esteem increases. I had a short modeling career in my teens – so I was what would be “perceived” as physically bright, but I had so many self esteem issues then. My appreciation of self was based on the few things I didn’t have. Now it is based on what do I have. I am thankful for my health and what my body can do and has done…having a child at 40, building a career, living life. It’s so much more important than if my neck was too long or my thigh size.
Find a place of your own. Apart from home. I was freer to pursue whatever I wanted. I was able to work on my own desires rather than anyone else’s expectations. I encountered a much wider variety and ways of living. You need diversity. It gives you better perspective on your own life.