Fresh out of partying with husband Jay-Z on a 450-foot-long superyacht in Italy, Beyonce reflected on her 40th birthday by saying she was feeling better than ever.
Marking the milestone anniversary earlier this month, the global superstar yesterday wrote a rare, handwritten letter to his hive of fans on his official website.
“This is the first year that I truly understand what it means to be alive and live in the moment,” Beyonce wrote.
“This is the first time that I understand how fragile life is, how difficult life can be sometimes, and therefore how important it is to stop and smell the roses during the good times. I thought I knew it when I was 21 or 30 … but I didn’t.
She went on to explain how much she had grown since starting her career at the age of 15 and is grateful that her fans have grown up with her. And do not think for a single moment that she is letting herself be overcome by middle age.
“Whoever tried to condition women to think we’re supposed to be old or miserable when we’re 40 got it ALL THE WAY F …. UP,” she wrote. “It is absolutely the best I have felt in my life.”
The notoriously private performer has also reflected on the sacrifices she has made throughout her life and is ready to finally enjoy the fruits of her success.
“The more mature I become, the more I understand and the more my joy grows,” she said.
“There is a freedom and a release knowing that I have passed to the other side of my sacrifice. I am finally giving myself permission to enjoy the seeds I have worked so hard for all my life.