Life begins at Forty, is this true?

Philippines
October 28, 2009 2:38pm CST
A lot of people says that life begins at forty. Why, simply because, this is the age where the second stage of life begins. Wherein, you will notice that you are longing again on some ways that you have done before. But as you reach the age of forty, you become more mature on every situation. You can say to yourself that you are now really a grown-up. How about you, do you believe in this, that life begins at forty?
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• United States
29 Oct 09
Hi Airasheila, I believe for myself that life is beginning in a new way at the age of 40yrs. I have made many mistakes in the past and now I am starting over and so I like the idea of saying My life is beginning again at the age of 40. There is definitely a maturity level and experience that one learns by the time they reach that age. There are still many things I would like to do and now I believe I am ready to do them and with that special person in my life.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
29 Oct 09
The green has gone lina
• United States
29 Oct 09
It's true Thea, life does begin at 40 (or a couple years after) Hooray, my green thingie has been upgraded! Thanks for noticing and helping!
@danitykane (3192)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Yes I really do think so. At that age you are matured and most people on that stage has great accomplishments already. I believe in that, because as we grow older our perception in life changes, we become more open minded in life, we are for sure stronger with any obstacles that life may bring.
@shiloh62 (46)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Hello! Yes, it's been my experience that life gets better at 40. As you mature, you realise many of the things you've missed or shouldn't have done when you were younger. These learning experiences make one determined to enjoy life to it's fullest and not make those mistakes again. Therefore life can be a whole lot better and more fulfilling. My experience,of course. Others may see it differently,but I can't understand why.
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Hi shiloh62, maybe others may see it differently because, there are some late bloomers as they say. Eventhough they already reach the age of 40, still, they act like less than 40.
• United States
29 Oct 09
Hello airasheila! That is a very good point. Sometimes it takes some people longer to mature,or they have not yet run into those troubles and experiences that I mention. Perhaps, they just don't feel that age and so,it doesn't strike them that they are acting or living any differently. Not always by thier own fault. Sometimes it's just nature or chance.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
29 Oct 09
i think that is true because you have become mature plus you are settled in your career (mostly) and your health is good (hopefully) and you have enough money to enjoy life.
@realan (520)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I'll let you know when I get there. Actually I'm not too far away. It might be true that life gets better. Probably because most people at 40 are established in their careers and relationships. At that age we usually know what we want from life and accept ourselves and everything around us as they are.
@jemaries (322)
• Saudi Arabia
29 Oct 09
This saying i heard to one of my friends,he told to my collegues he is coming forty years old,and my friends asked him, why they tell that saying that one.He explained that for male guys if you reached 40 years old,it means your energy is just like fresh, like teenagers,and the hormones of male person is active.And they are prone to find a new partner even they are married.This age critical to find another woman in their life.
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
I am not sure about it. I'll be 40 in two years and I hope that won't be true. My husband will be 40 next year and I just hope he will let it pass just like any other age. There are some who's life really begins at 40.
@irene3184 (900)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
Life begins as soon as you realize you are important and you do count for something.I think thats old wives tales.... life is what you make it at any age but people I think used to say that it started at forty, because they had the kids reared and they could start enjoyin them selves then but I think u just get on with it... u only live once so enjoy every day of it as best u can.
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
I do not know yet about it as i have not reach that age yet but I do not believe on it as it is a saying only. As I have seen people older than 40 and have no or with little achievement. It is true to some people who really work hard and accomplish her targeted goals to becomes successful with a lot of struggles. They says life begin at 40 where they already have a family and grown up children that they could start to enjoy their life to the fullest, having a good job, nice homes and with a lot of savings in the bank. However, this is not true to other people who reach that age who are lonely, sad, jobless, childless and not successful in their life. Because they are not lucky even though they like to be happy at the age of 40 it is impossible as they are met misfortunes and other hindrances. Anyone could begin their life at any age as other people are great achiever even at a young age while other begins to enjoy their life after retirement not at the age of 40. I could say it depends on the each person aggressiveness to complete one goals despite many challenges struggling to met each day slowly gaining one's glory at the right time, and at the right places as fortune favor you.
@suprad1 (251)
• India
29 Oct 09
Iam 42 now and I am not really enjoying this decade. My self confidence is low and am dissatisfied about my achievement and feel a bit hopeless about the future. I am feeling these more, these days and I am planning to visit a psychiatrist soon to help me out. Is this common?
@lyzabelle (1668)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
I really hope so that life begins at forty. If there's a better life that is waiting for me at the age of 40 that would be wonderful. My life right now sucks big time...hehehehe...i just feel tired living...so boring.
@Hatley (164469)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Oct 09
airashelia after the hell I went through this past 11 months I think life has begun again for me at 83 and I am safe for now in this retirement home while my son is in a gov.sponsored apt with three other men so they can live somewhere while they look for wo rk. its not like our old apartment but we are at least housed. And happier than we were when we were completely homeless so now we can only go up from now on.
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
I use to scoff at that notion before I turned forty. But I noticed that when I hit the magic number, I began to re-evaluate my goals and the direction that my life was taking.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
29 Oct 09
Yes, that's what many people say. It must be true for many people. For me, I would say life begins at 65. That's when one retires, and that's when one gets all the time to do things what one has been longing for all those years. One can start enjoying life as one wants ! Ha ha ! So, that's when life begins. I see many retired people having a nice time !
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
This is a common saying and it varies from person to person. By and large, this is common to many. Once one reached 40, things are pretty well settled including the person's emotions and maturity. 4O years have taught him a lot of lessons in life and begin to appreciate life with a new perspective.
• Southend-On-Sea, England
28 Oct 09
My 40s weren't a good time of life, and now I'm in my 50s, bits of me are deterioriating to the point where I'm not as active as I used to be. My best part of life was my 30s. I was old enough to know what I was doing (just about!) yet still young and energetic enough to enjoy it.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
28 Oct 09
I've certainly spent my happiest, most fulfilled years since I passed 40. I'm now 57, and life seems to get better and better. We've realised our dream of moving to Spain, and we have our grandchildren to enjoy. We could probably do with a little more money, but so could everyone. Yes, for me life definitely began at 40.