5 Lessons From My 40th Birthday in Paris

April 21, 2015 7:50 PM

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5 Lessons From My 40th Birthday in Paris

In April, I traveled to Paris for the first time, approximately three months before my 40th birthday. Here I was, almost 40, and making my first trip to Europe. All of my life, I have dreamed of traveling abroad. I never studied abroad in college -- one of my two regrets in life (second to not writing my own wedding vows). Instead, I worked my way through college, fell in love, maintained a long distance relationship, conquered law school, got a job at a bustling law firm, took the bar exam, got married, bought a house and had three kids.

Before I knew it, I was staring 40 directly in the eyes without ever having traveled to Europe and experiencing a foreign culture. Not as in an exotic beach vacation culture (I was familiar with those types of vacations), but as in a historic, defy time, change-your-life sort of destination thousand...

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