Far from suffocating under the stereotypical pressures of turning 40, Katherine Heigl has never felt more free since arriving at the front door of her next decade.
The actress – who is also a wife and mum-of-three – recently celebrated her birthday and gave the gift of an uplifting message to her 2.9 million Instagram followers.
“Well…I am officially 40 years old,” she wrote. “I know you’re going think I’m full of it, but the truth is, I’m pretty damn thrilled to be 40.
”For one thing, as my mother always says, ‘Getting older is better than the alternative.’ Too true, mother. Too true!
“For another thing, 40 feels to me like a certain kind of freedom. Freedom from all the self-doubt, insecurities, self-loathing, uncertainties and anxieties of my 20s and 30s. Not to say I don’t still have those moments, but I just feel like 40 makes me older and wiser,” she added. “Steadier in my convictions. More certain of my strengths. More forgiving of my faults.”
The former ‘Greys Anatomy’ actress has had her fair share of career dramas over the last few years. But she admits life lessons are there to test you.
“I’ve spent the last five years of my 30’s doing the work to evolve my mind and spirit. To move my heart towards a more profound and loving expression of my best self. I’ve read, studied, explored and practiced ways to expand my understanding of myself and the world around me. I’ve clarified my deepest desires and found that all I really crave is well being. For myself and those I love.”
“I’ve had plenty of well meaning acquaintances and even strangers tell me not to worry I still look great,” Katherine reveals. “Or soon you’ll be 50 and then you’ll really feel old. Our youth is so fleeting isn’t it. I guess I kind of feel like it’s all about your frame of mind. And I’ve made up my mind not to let a number determine how I feel about the way I look. Or what my value as a woman in society is. I’ve decided I will let the number and every one after it determine the strides I make, the enlightenment I seek, the compassion I show, the beauty I radiate from within that grows and expands with life experience.
“I’m a stronger, better, more grounded and courageous woman today and I will do my best to continue to grow so I can say the same thing at 50, 60, 70 and beyond. It doesn’t hurt that I am surrounded by so many inspiring people who love me and support me through this life. Without them…well I’d still be floundering around in uncertainty.”