The turn into 40 is an eye opener…

I never thought I’d arrive here like this: unmarried, barren and living back in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney.

Reflecting on my life to date, however, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m a much better (well rounded) person now than I ever could have been for my experiences: both good and bad.

I have long professed the ‘first 40’ as ‘Mine’ and the next 40 as ‘everyone elses’.

And I’m as definite about that, as I’ve ever been.

Had I not had the first 40 the way I did. I would not be the 3 parts heart break to the 7 parts happiness.

Only I can travel my journey, just as you’re the sole ticket holder on yours.

People will jump on and off along the way, but the ones worthy of you will always remain within reach.

Embrace them for the true friends they prove themselves to be.

By Tiffanny Junee

Tiffanny has a background in strategic integrated marketing and media communications. Her most recent projects include: Digital Media Academy - a 24/7 personal digital mentor @home @work @school @play Our School Online - a social justice start up embedding equity into the new NSW curriculum. Tiffanny lectures in Social Marketing, Crisis Communications, Social Issues Marketing and Leadership Communications @SydneyUni. A former editor and rugby union journalist, Tiffanny is always writing. Her current multi-platform projects include Australian-based generational thriller 'The Point' (think Thorn birds meets Mission Impossible).