Media personality and Nova breakfast radio host Chrissie Swan's ability to embrace fun is a lesson many of us could learn in 2020. Chrissie tells Mamamia how she doesn't worry about what people think and has worked to accept her flaws; even the really embarrassing ones.
There are certain benefits that come with being in your 40s.
For Chrissie Swan, it's been a time of her life where she's felt more unapologetically 'herself' than ever.
"I was never hugely worried about what people thought of me but I'm even less so now," she tells Mamamia.
"My life has become very simple and my priority is my family. I've realised that if they're thriving, I'm thriving. Their wellbeing affects my self-esteem more than anything."
Living through Melbourne’s latest lockdown has been a testing time for a lot of families - Chrissie's included.
"One challenge I've faced in lockdown with everyone at home all the time is there's no downtime for me between work and parenting," she shares. "My kids are at the ages now where I can be frank with them though, and they understand when I need 15 minutes to be quiet on my own before my next shift starts."
Chrissie, who has three children with her partner Chris Saville, says her biggest life learnings have been about embracing what it is to be human. That includes all the supposed 'embarrassing' bits.
"I'm not ashamed of the experiences I've had as a result of being a human being," she shares. "I'll talk about anything and everything because I'm not embarrassed about being a normal woman.
"I've been broadcasting live on TV or radio consistently for 17 years and I learnt pretty early on that the most reassuring conversations come from the commonality of perceived taboos.
"I laugh until I wee. I snort. I fall over in front of people. I've been out with all my clothes inside out, I've been in a job interview and my shirt has burst open… the list of 'embarrassing' moments is endless only I don't find them embarrassing. I live for them!
"All the seemingly mortifying things that occur in life are not so bad when you get an 'OMG, me too!' response from someone who thought they were alone."