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 40 Over 40 for 2023
Shannon Murray



"Be kind to yourself, always. This is but one moment in your journey, so be compassionate with yourself and others."

AGE: 57

PROFESSION: Customer Engagement Advisor

What is the best thing about being your age?

I am way past trying to please anyone and fit a specific image society has dictated I should adhere to. Older women should not have long hair, wear loud colors or patterns (or band t-shirts. Who and why? I have questions.), travel alone, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera (had to get a musical theatre quote in there!). Ppppffftttt. I am living my most-authentic life now because I have had the privilege of time.

What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?

I am fortunate to have parents who taught me to be strong. Some of the things that I have seen take the legs out from under folks were not as impactful to me. Growing old, being a parent, and simply being a woman are all things that make you stronger.

One thing that has always served me well is to take away one positive learning from every event. Something may go totally off the rails, but what was the good thing learned? Take that moment and leave the rest in the past.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?

Being a mom. It was not a bucket list item but it it something that will never be topped.

What is a trait you are most proud of?

Not knowing a stranger. I am pretty gregarious and can usually strike up a conversation with anyone.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I think about this from time to time. Nothing. I am unique. Everything that has made me is dumb luck, good genes, and experiencing life. Scars, freckles, wrinkles, broken bones, and stretch marks are all indicators of a life that has been lived, not lived in a protected state. Why change these stories on my body?

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I honestly do not think it exists. Simply making the most of each day and appreciating moments of joy is as close to perfection as I think any of us will experience.

What is your most treasured possession?

The intangibles: Family bonds, education, and life experiences

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising my daughter. She is a marvel.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Travel, when I can afford it. :)

What advice would you give your younger self?

Learn from mistakes and do your best not to repeat them. Be kind to yourself. Always lead with kindness and compassion, but know your limits.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

Get busy living or get busy dying ("Shawshank Redemption").

Words of wisdom to younger women…

Be kind to yourself, always. This is but one moment in your journey, so be compassionate with yourself and others.

Additional Thoughts…

It rocks! It is an extreme gift to age. Celebrate your journey!


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