EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Mirum, but the opinions and maturation into my 40s are my own.  

This is happening.  I just turned 40 last week.  Recently I was sitting at a family BBQ and began to think about the stark differences about what was going on in my life at 25, compared to now at 40. Here we go. 

THE LADY OF MY DREAMS

I met my future wife when I was 25. We fell for each other quickly and the rest is history. Actually, that’s not exactly true… I fell for her quickly… she didn’t know I existed for another 6 months.

One of the first times we met, we were at a friend’s BBQ for the NFL playoffs. My biggest worry at that time was securing the closest seat to my future wife in a crowded room. Now, here we are in our own house with three kids and two dogs… and all I want to do is find a single, unoccupied room so I can watch sports in peace.

My wife has been the one constant in my life, but 15 years later, everything else has changed. When a man enters this landmark age, there are certain things that go through his mind. For example, I worry more about planning for my kids’ education and retirement. I was at a BBQ a month ago chatting with one of my oldest friends about pensions and health plans…what has happened to us?

THE FOOD I EAT

Then there’s my health. I get heartburn from the simplest meals now. My favorite summer activity involves grilling burgers and dogs while drinking cold beer. All of which now give me heartburn. So I’ve had to make some adjustments to my diet, food and alcohol intake. Everything in moderation, right?!

I know I’m not alone in changing my diet as I get older. Nearly half (47 percent) of Americans noted that quintessential summer foods like hot dogs, ice cream and lemonade contribute to heightened heartburn. Thirty percent blame barbecues overall. But switching to the Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablet has made ALL the difference, allowing me to be 100% heartburn-free all summer long.

If you’re struggling with heartburn like I am, swing through your local Rite-Aid and pick up these tablets. Remember pills and water? That’s the old way to take heartburn medicine. There’s a better way: the Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablet melts in your mouth, no water needed. After taking the tablets for 14 straight days, your summer will change significantly .

Convenient and easy, right? You can stay ahead of the “heartburn game” many of us have struggled with for years.

THE WAY I RELAX

Now that I’m feeling healthier, I can just relax and chill during grilling season. Just kidding, you can’t relax and chill when you have kids. Maybe when I was younger, I could relax and nap wherever my 25-year-old heartburn-free self desired. Now, if I lay down, three kids and two dogs will jump on top of me. But now at almost 40, I’m also heartburn-free thanks to Omeprazole ODT!

I love my life at 40.  It’s just, well, different.  As long as I can take care of my health with regular exercise and the help of the Omeprazole ODT, I believe my next 40 years are going to be better than the first 40!