Life Begins At Forty?

February 1, 2007 7:26pm CST
I will soon be celebrating the big 40 and the moto goes that this is when "life begins". Is this true or I am just heading for more aches and pains, the dreaded menopause, grey hair, more wrinkles, tiredness, bingo-wing arms and an attitude that believes that kids don't know they how good they have got it today!! So please, can anyone tell me the latter is a myth and I will enjoy myself more when I reach 40. What are your experiences, aspirations and fears on this. I need advise!!lol
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• Australia
10 Feb 07
When we are 10 we long to be 20. When we are 20 we think 40 is ancient. For me 30 came and went without noticing it. I was just a few months off 40 when my fifth son was born and I didn't notice that either. I looked forward to being 50. I had my very first birthday party at 50 - a surprise one given to me by members of the youth group where I was a leader. It was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed being 50! Sixty seemed daunting for a couple of years, but hey! it was a ball too! As 70 approached I vowed I would NEVER admit to being 70 but now, six months beyond 70 I reckon 70 is the BEST age! I only feel about 50 or even younger, but that is probably because my best friends are only in their 30s - and sometimes I think I have more energy than they do! So, cheer up! The big 40 is great and so is every age. Life is what you make of it.
10 Feb 07
Thanks for sharing these inspiring life experiences you have had. I keep forgetting I am going to be 40 as I feel more like 20. It just worries me when I hear older women moan about the menopause and how it has changed their life's for the worse. But hey, life is what you make it and I am going to greet each moment positively. I will have finished my degree just before I reach the big 40, so really the worlds my oyster as I can change my direction in life. Thanks for your insight. May your 70's be a wonderful time!!!!
• Australia
10 Feb 07
Just a cheery thought. I knew menopause had hit, but I had absolutely NO symptoms or problems. Maybe you'll be the same. What degree are you doing?
• Australia
11 Feb 07
That is great! I have worked with children in a weekly club for over 40 years. Coming from an abused background myself, I seem to pick up on similar cases and have worked with some for a number of years. It can be heartbreaking, but also extremely rewarding. I'm sure you'll make it!
@sunshinecup (7882)
2 Feb 07
I'm not afraid, I thought 30 was going to be bad, it wasn't. I am still as silly as I was at 20. It's your spirit that keeps you young, not your hair or your muscles (although they do tend to ache more). I have an 86 year old neighbor that inspires me, he still cuts his own grass and will slap your hand if you try to help him, LOL. THAT is how I am going to be :-)
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@coolcatzz (1589)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
LOL I turned 40 last year. I don't know if I'd say life begins at forty. The one thing I find is the older you get the faster time goes by. I remember being a teenager and waiting for specific ages like 16 to drive or 19 to drink and it always seemed like it would never come. Once I hit 30 the years literally fly by. I think it's probably because we wish life would slow down that we see the opposite. I watch Oprah and I see how good she looks for 50 and I think boy do I need work. If I could only get myself a happy and healthy 40 then I wouldn't mind it so much.
10 Feb 07
I think we would all look as good as Oprah if we knew her fitness coach, dietician and bank mananger!!! She looks like she's had a little nip and tuck as well, but I could be wrong?? Thanks for your response!
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I'm going to be 49 this month and I personally don't think I look like it and I know I don't feel like it. I still feel like a kid at times... Keeping up with CJ is a task but I love it and he is so good. As long as you're living life to the fullest; whatever that is for you, then go, girl... You should not have to worry about feeling like you're getting old, as I don't. At least not yet...lol
8 Feb 07
Thanks for your inspiring words. It's good to know that life does continue at forty and we can still have as much fun and get up and go as we did when we were alot younger. I certainly don't feel like i'm going to be forty in a few months time. I feel that life still has so much to offer!! Thanks for your wise words and being a loyal friend. Much appreciated!!!!!!!
@rainbow (6763)
2 Feb 07
I hope you are right and it does, I'm going to be 35 next month and I have to admit I just want to scream because my life is just passing!
8 Feb 07
It does go so fast. When I remember my own childhood to adulthood the latter has flown by. I just hope the next decade goes alot slower!! Cheers!!!!
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Things get better because you are wiser. You find that you dont repeat as many mistakes. lol Its a better time because you are past alot of things...not the wrinkles though....