Getting older, especially in today's society can be a traumatizing time full of fear of the unknown, regret, and longing. But for Chelsea Handler, turning 40 was a liberating experience that she embraced with open arms. In an essay she wrote for Harper's Bazaar, the talk show host and comedian reflects on what she's learned over the course of the years and offers first-hand advice to anyone who fears their next birthday.
On Enjoying Your Youth
"I wish I had known when I was younger that I was going to be successful and have a great life when I got older—have a house, be able to do stuff for my friends and my family. If someone had told me that when I was in my 20s waiting tables, I would have been so much more relaxed—and so much less angry. I would have said, 'Oh, my gosh, this is going to be great.' I would have looked forward to getting older instead of thinking, I'm never going to do anything."
On the Perks of Making More Money
"My favorite thing in my closet is my bar—with a refrigerator and a freezer—so at the end of the night everybody can come up to my closet and have a cocktail, which we do all the time. And I have a lot of shoes. My closet is mostly filled with shoes."
On Straying From the Crowd
"I also don't feel like I have to like anything that's popular. I tried watching Breaking Bad about three times when everybody was talking about it, and I thought it was too annoying that everybody was talking about it. Then last year I became obsessed with it. I would sit in the car watching episodes while everybody else got lunch. That's what I do with programs. After everybody else watches them, I'm like, 'Hey, have you heard about The West Wing?'"
Head to Harper's Bazaar to read more from Handler's essay.
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