Life begins at 40 – Do you agree ?

@SimplyJo (1694)
India
February 4, 2007 5:26am CST
Friends, do you agree with the ever-so-popular phrase ‘ Life begins at 40’ ? Are you over 40 or know someone who is – does life really change that much or is it really the same ? What happens at this so called ‘ Magical Age’ ? I know my dad changed when he was 40. He had a decreasing hair line and finally went in for a bald look – which is like totally ‘cool’ and ‘in’… I mean can’t really expect from someover over 40, eh ? Unless… this saying is true J
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@blindedfox (3318)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
Well, I think that may be true for some. But most people who have actually 'looked for a life' has long had their lives begun even before the age of 40. It depends on the person really. Most of the time, those who say 'life begins at 40' are those who haven't really done anything life-changing in their lives. At least, that's what I think. =)
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@SimplyJo (1694)
• India
4 Feb 07
Umm.. thats a thought.
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
5 Feb 07
It doesn't apply anymore in this age an era. In the old days, people used to get married when they're about 22-25. Supposing if you've lived til 40, your kids would prolly be 18. At 18, they're supposed to be moving out, looking for their own jobs, start a life of their own...thus your responsibilities as a parent is decreased. In another 15 years or so you'd be retired with nothing to worry about. In Asian societies, kids generally do not move out of their parent's house until they're married. At age 18, parents here have to worry about sending their kids to colleges, feeding the ones who are still at home etc. So over here, life ends at 40...begins again after retirement, about 55. heh
• Pakistan
5 Feb 07
nah1 stupid...it begins at birth...lol! and ends at marriage :( hehe
• United States
5 Feb 07
Life can begin at anytime, not just at 40, it depends on when you want to start living.
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• Nigeria
5 Feb 07
The adage life begins at 40 is actually a product of the school of thought that assumes everyone will be matured at that age. however, a lot of people die even before that age because they believe they will have a new start at that age and then before that age they intend to want to enjoy themselves to the fullest but alas! before they are 40 their life is cut short.
@mnrmkr (75)
• India
5 Feb 07
As per my experience life begins as soon as u become independent finacially . U can take some decisons on ur own and take the opinion of others but that is not binding on u. If u feel their opinion is justifiable then u can consider ur solely resposible for ur deeds.Physical appearence change at the age of 40 and maturity in thinking comes. He or she thinks very carefully before taking any decision.He or she starts thinking about their security.carefull life begins at 40 I can.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Well I don't know how it's supposed to be when you turn 40. I turned 40 in june of 2000 and then in November I got Flesh Eating Bacteria and Oh boy did my life change, and not for the better. I ended up with diabetes, high blood pressure, A-Fib, PTSD, and depression. So if that's my beginning, I'm looking forward to the end....lol
@healer (1783)
• India
5 Feb 07
well in a way its true as at 40 he has done something in life. I mean he has achieved things and life and he is enjoying those. and another point is he has experience on everything at that age so makes his life easier out of this experience...so i think its true in a way
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• United States
5 Feb 07
Life starts when you are born... and just continues to get better and better until you die.
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• Philippines
5 Feb 07
Uhm I am not yet 40 but Idon't think life begins at 40..For me life begins when you get married..I don't see anything new happening to people around me who reached 40..I guess that is just an old saying..
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@shalu89 (17)
• India
5 Feb 07
not necessarily.. maturity comes at diff ages for every individual..
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Seems to be since I am in my 40's that each decade brings new things. Some decades bring bigger events than others. They are what we make them and all will give us lasting memories if we let them. Not every man can sport the bald look, the others are given hair! lol..^_^
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• Ireland
4 Feb 07
I think the 40's is more like a mid-life crisis. Two of my children were teenagers and one was eight years old, when I turned 40. I suppose I was able to get out and about more, but they were much more difficult to manage at that age. As well as that, the school fees and books were getting more costly, plus they all wanted to be attending different types of classes, such as music, horse riding, dancing etc. I think my life began at sixty, when the last of them, including my two grandchildren all moved out into new homes. Now I can really begin to live my life.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
4 Feb 07
No at least not for me it didnt all I have are more aches and pains if thats what they mean. Life is what you make of it. So live it up!
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
4 Feb 07
I personally think it is an old 'wive's tale' life begins whenever you want and choose it to do. Some people have even begun their lives again at a lot older than 40! It's just another number, like 50, or 60. I have only got 5 years to go to the big 4-0 but it won't make any difference to me, just another 5 years closer to the grave! I am already getting the grey hair and I'm sure the receding hair will start.
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@jbrooks0127 (2326)
• United States
5 Feb 07
While I am not sure 40 is a majical age it is a devideing line between trying to understand life and finally getting it. At least for some of us. When we are young we look at 40 as being the beginning of old age....or at least some of us do. As we age for some reason that dividing ling seems to increase. By age 30 we begin to see 40 as not so old after all. And when we are 40 most of us begin to understand that old age is when we make it so. As for me age 40 was the age I begin to get in the best shape of my life. I was running 3 miles a day 5 days a week and at age 41 joined a men's soccer team. Now don't get me wrong I could not keep up with the young guys but I did my fair share and felt great. It truly is a state of mind. During out teens and 20's we should be getting ready for the carrer of our life time....preparing for and attaining it. Our 30's then is the age we begin refineing that and start developing the expertise we need. By age 40 we should have a pretty good idea of what life is all about and should then be an expert in our field of interest. Our 50's follow along and only make that more so. By our 60's...which I am now...we should be ready to begin a new way of life. A much slower pace and retirement. From that point on if you have done the right things in your youth your life can and should be just as you want it to be. If life begins at 40 it is because we finally know that we don't have to wonder anymore about life itself. It just is and it only gets better.
• United States
5 Feb 07
Of course all that I have said here depends on one thing. Your health. That is after all what makes life worth living.
@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I think yes you are right about this. I am over 40 and I must say my life changed a lot. I was more informed about what to do and how things really work. I was more settled and had a better game plan and could actually make it happen. By the time you are 40 you usually have kids, may marriage, and lots of work experience under your belt. $0 begins a new journey with a new outlook on things. Things that mattered a lot no longer matter, things you never thought much about begin to take priority. So yes real LIFE does begin at 40, everything else is just practice!
• Pakistan
5 Feb 07
i think that life slows down after 40 and a person doesnot remains that fit as he or she can be in early life! i think that life totally changes!!!
• Nigeria
5 Feb 07
I am not 40 yet ,but I believe life beging at 40.Yes, it is at 40 that people make good use of the reason instead the might which the youth depend upon.Man seem to be more caring from 40 up .I have seen it happen in my neighborhood and immediate family.So, life beging at 40.
@lena2000 (2392)
• Belgium
5 Feb 07
Perhaps, is that, however, this way that "life" starts on 40, but I have not seen there until now much of - have sat with heavy problems with my back since my 40, and it has become still more awful with the day therefore for me ' life ' best UNDER 40....... god....bless you - my friend!
@bhagya (463)
• India
5 Feb 07
You are perfectly right! Every one should get experiences till 40 and then should begin in the real sense.
@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
5 Feb 07
Very interesting question. Let me tell you that I was married at the age of 21, I become mother of 2 children, but I got matured only at the age of 40. It was only then, that I could look behind and understand, what all mistakes I did, wish I was matured at 20. Another thing is that, from the age of 20 to 40, people get married, have children and are so busy in bringing up their children and settling down, that they hardly realize that time is flying.Then one day they suddenly find that children for whom they were busy all the time, now want their own independence and are not much in need of their parents, so suddenly their is some spare time, and then the thought comes, that where is my life, what did I do for myself, all these years. So this 40 year old man suddenly tries to find is his youth which was lost.And that is why you find changes in people after 40. Now they want to live their own life. Some people succeed in this, but most do not, because what is gone with time is gone.....it is a nice thought to make you feel happy. But I don't know how much truth is in this.
@panicdude (457)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
yes.. i do believe in that phrase. i know a friend who is 40 and when she stepped at that age, she's been living her life the way she wanted it. when you step on that age, you realize that you're really mature. you already have your own life and you start to be really 'cool' and 'in'. i also believe that you make your life the way you want it to be..haha =D
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
I don't want to begin my life at 40.I wanna begin my life now.Why should I wait when I'm 40.What if I never got to reach that age,I'll never have the chance to live my life?!Live life to the fullest so when it's your time to go you wouldn't say... dang my life sucks!