It's easy to start reflecting back on your life when hit your 40's. As a 41 year-old I can certainly stand by that comment. Or, maybe a better way to describe it is a "midlife crisis."

I've had about 4,387 of them since I turned 40. I would assume that it's a relatively normal number. Some of these include the standards like pricing sports cars and shaving my head. However, others tend to be more extreme like researching an Everest summit or pricing trips to space.

While some of these are down right ridiculous (can't believe I shaved my head), the bigger story is I'm starting to feel the stress of limited time.

With that being said, I felt it was time to start being more open to trying new things and experience as much as I can out of this life we have. And that's why I had my first pedicure the other day.

What is a Pedicure?

You know what a pedicure is? It's one of the greatest experiences anyone could ever have in their life. I am not kidding. It's pure bliss to the highest degree.

Outside of it being amazing, essentially it's treating one's foot to a five star dinner combined with some fun in the hot tub. The feet are cleaned, treated, massaged, polished and beatified.

It was a process that I literally knew very little about. Other than polish, I just assumed the technician used serial killer-like tools to clean, scrape and work the feet to death. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Because of this, I thought it would be fun to share my experience. Just a regular old Mainer getting his first pedicure in his life.

Picking a Nail Polish

This is a big deal. I wasn't just going in and getting some lame, no-color polish for my first time. I was going in guns blazing. My wife and I even did some research of what colors are "in" this Spring. Plus, we live in Maine, I couldn't just go crazy with it. To my delight, it just so happened one of my favorite colors, lavender, was on the list.

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Fortunately the nail studio had just the hue I was hoping for. With the color selected and seat open it was time to start working on the feet.

What Is The Blue Stuff They Use For Pedicures?

The pedicure begins with a foot soak in a water bath. Studios use Barbicide, which makes the water blue. It's used as a disinfectant, so the feet are nice and germ-free for the appointment.

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This was a perfect start to the appointment. A personal hot tub and massage for my feet. I was actually quite disappointed it only lasted about 20 minutes. I could have soaked those puppies for a few hours.

Prep the Nails

I was worried about this step. My feet are 41 years-old. They have never been worked on. I also hate wearing shoes, so my feet have had it. Luckily my toes were in pretty good shape. However, I was still scared to death when the technician pulled out what looked like a damn garden spade. It was all for naught, though. All the demon shovel really did was clean in those spots I didn't know existed. It wasn't bad at all.

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Exfoliate the Feet

This is where the real fun began. I gave my technician the go ahead to do get right in there. I can't imagine what she was thinking. Here is this middle-aged guy with  horrendously beat up heals and toes, who is clearly scared to death about what she is about to do to him.

The exfoliation process is designed to remove dead skin cells. This can be a rough process, especially if you have destroyed feet like mine. However, the scraping worked like a charm. I could feel an improved difference immediately.

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Foot Massage and Stones

After the foot lobotomy, the technician grabbed some honey-looking goop and massaged the lower legs. This was an pleasant bonus. I didn't realize the legs would be getting a little work done, too.

The massage had been my favorite part, but then came the stones. My Goodness, the stones.

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I don't know the point of these magical entities, but does it make those feet and legs feel like a million dollars.

Buff and Paint Nails

Now it was showtime for the toes. It was the very reason I was there. I need these feet to shine. The lavender polish came out and my technician painted like Michelangelo working on the Sistine Chapel. She was incredible and lightening quick.

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The toes were buff, painted and polished. My legs were soft and relaxed. All that was left was to reflect on how incredible the journey was, while I waited for the toes to dry.

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Look at those beauties. Just in time for the Easter season.

The pedicure experience far exceeded my expectations. It was entertaining, therapeutic, and physically felt great. I highly recommend this, especially to you, fellas. I'm not saying you need to polish them up (it rules, though), but the experience and feeling after is easily worth it. And especially for us Mainers, who endure wretched, dry weather in the winter.

I'm already looking forward to my next appointment. I wonder what color will be in-style then?

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