Beyoncé closed out Virgo season on Thursday (Sept. 23) with a personal thank you note to her family, friends and fans who helped wish her a happy 40th birthday earlier this month.
In a lengthy handwritten letter posted to her official website, Queen B retroactively wished her fellow Virgos a happy birthday and thanked the BeyHive for helping her ring in the big 4-0 on her birthday, which was Sept. 4. The B'Day singer then launched into a deep reflection on how this was the "first year that I really understand what it means to be alive and to live in the moment" and debunked the notion that women turning 40 are supposed to "feel old or unhappy."
"I'm so thankful for every inspiring human who took the time to send me all the beautiful messages. I cried tears of joy and was covered in chilly bumps. Your videos, your posts, your countdowns, your playlists and your well wishes, I will cherish forever," she wrote. "I'm grateful to everyone involved, especially the fans, for the time and level of detail it took to organize such beautiful tributes. I admire and respect all of you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."