Thank you Kate Winslet for proving you can enter your 40s with excitement, rather than dread.

The actress, who turned 40 on Monday, decided to charge full-speed ahead toward this new decade of life rather than lament leading up to her milestone birthday.

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“I feel like the past two years have been different for me, deliberately so," she explained in a recent interview with The Edit. "I really wanted to mix it up a bit, and feel that I was going full pelt towards 40 having done as much as I could: pushed myself, challenged myself, exhausted myself, had as much fun as possible. The last two years of my life have put a different sort of rocket fuel up my backside.”

Not only has Winslet been a champion for aging happily (and realistically), but in the past few months she’s also been a role model for body positivity. In the April issue of InStyle, she said, “When you go through the sort of scrutiny that I have, you have to choose a means of dealing with that level of judgment. My way has always been to take a good look at how my career is going. The way I see it, I have an incredibly fulfilling, rewarding career that has nothing to do with the size of my arse.” Truth.

So whether you want to run a half marathon before your 40th (or beyond that even), start a new hobby or take your career in a new direction—Kate Winslet is proof that it’s worth going for it—age or the size of your "arse" be damned.

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