I hit the end of my third decade with a huge amount of trepidation. Somehow 30 meant I was no longer "young", I had responsibilities and was well on my way to Middle Age. This reluctance to change the digit in the tens column of my age was totally absurd when you consider that I left home at 18, was a homeowner with a mortgage at 21, a mother at 24 and again at 28, married at 26 (yeah ok, ok, I did things the wrong way around) and could in no way be termed "footloose and fancy free" during my twenties.
Maybe that is why at the dawn of my thirties I felt a little as if Time was Running Out on me. I had had many years already of "grown up" existence, and in many respects had never been anything other than responsible. (My college friends will at this point choose to overlook, rather than share the few episodes which immediately spring to mind from my student days!)
So what did I do?
I had more children, got a bigger mortgage, and faced the reality that my career was probably over.
Not really embracing my rapidly running out youth then! But I suppressed the panic and I think there was a definite element of
But now I've hit 40 I'm not so sure.
Whilst I was fairly ambivalent about hitting the big 4-0 I have a feeling the person claiming that 40 is the "new 30" doesn't have children. Or maybe not 4. Scratch that, 4 kids is a breeze - maybe not 3 with additional issues + 1. And sleep - I guarantee the person who said that gets sufficient sleep - or at least more than we do.
Because I am TIRED. Seriously tired. And to be honest I hadn't bargained on osteoarthritis and back pain creeping up on me so quickly either. (More sneaked up actually, from years of lifting children way beyond the age they should be lifted as much as anything else.) The glasses I LOVE though. Seriously, I should have been born shortsighted. Glasses from the word go. They are the "go-to" morning disguise when you haven't had time to slap on some war paint, after rising from less than 4 hours sleep. Glasses ROCK.
And there are definitely other benefits to getting older. I am more comfortable with who I am and how I look. Having lived through the fashion disaster that was the '80s I are now wiser and can shop smarter. My eldest child can now babysit for me, and I never have to attend Tumble Tots EVER again. Definitely a plus.
So it's not all bad I suppose.
And then I saw THIS.
SERIOUSLY???? Either I've missed some major scientific discovery and we are now living to 160+, or someone has speculated a little too far ahead. Whilst living in a bubble. With no kids. And no other issues.....
But I should be grateful I suppose, nothing too disastrous has happened in the first year of my forties and it's not all bad. And as the "Boots" article on turning 40 claims:-
People listen to us and take us seriously. At forty, you’re no longer kid who doesn’t know what you’re talking about. You are officially an adult. It’s nice to be respected for what your experience and knowledge in the work place. Of course in just 10 short years we will be considered old and out of touch…so we should enjoy this time while we have it.Better not share that with my husband though. He turns 50 this year.....