“I’m going to be forty this month, but I approached thirty with more apprehension, I think, and the sense of time gone by. I’ve had more time to learn about myself, ten more years.
“I no longer fool myself, not easily anyway. I know when I’m making excuses and when I’m making choices, and the difference between the two.
“I no longer look into my mind expecting wisdom, or my mirror expecting perfection. That thing about growing old gracefully? I think now I just might be able to manage it.”