To all women in their forties and not looking forward to turning 50. I can only speak for myself, but they don't call them *golden years* for nothing. They are the BEST KEPT SECRET. Embrace the older woman in you and welcome her with open arms. She's got quite a few things to tell you and some other people, too! She's loving, but bold. She's quiet, yet speaks her mind when necessary, and when faced with adversity, she just pops her skirt and keeps walkin'. If she's knocking at your door, let her in...you'll love the older woman in you!