How To Turn 40


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Step 1: Remain Calm

It’s not a big deal. Really. You’re still alive. You’re still breathing. For fuck’s sake, you most likely have all your limbs, and even if you don’t, you’re still on the planet. That’s a far cry from the people who are either buried inside the planet or who’ve left the surface of it altogether. Deal.

Step 2: Add Good Friends

I started with dinner with my BFF, Carol. Tasty, tasty treats were had. Good food, good drinks, good conversation, much laughter. The poorest man may be rich with friends, and the richest may be poor without. You need friends. They keep you grounded and sane, or at least they can accompany you while you’re going insane, which makes the journey so much more enjoyable.

Step 3: Change The Scenery

Chemo Boy generously sent my ass out of town with two of my other BFFs, Telsh and J. I got to spend the weekend staring at the ocean in Half Moon Bay, laughing, drinking, eating, and acting like an adolescent. You can change the scenery by rearranging the furniture in your bedroom, but change it. Life gets boring when your eyes see it the same way for too long.

Step 4: Lighten Up

Skip your shower, your vitamins, your workout, your bed time or something else from your To Do list today. One day off won’t kill you. In fact, it might save you.

Step 5: Ask For What You Want

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you do ask, the answer might be no, but it might be yes. This weekend we asked for an upgrade to an ocean view suite, a late check out, a wine opener, and a few other things. We got them all and few more things we didn’t even ask for. If we heard no, I don’t recall, as the yeses were far more plentiful. Ask or the answer is always no.

Step 6: Say Thank You

Thank you.