There seems to be something about turning 40. Just google it and you’ll see. But how can one year provoke so much feeling and give rise to so many memes?
I’ve always said that I don’t have a problem with certain milestone ages. Is turning 40 different though? I loved turning 21 and I embraced turning 30 and I have said for a while now that I have no problem with 40.
I have noticed something though. Something that I have started doing.
Every time I am looking through the paper or a magazine and there is a woman aged between 35 and 45, I compare myself with her – do I look older than her or younger?
Can I really still say that I have no issue with nearing 40? I don’t know. The number 40 doesn’t scare me at all. I look at it as another milestone in life and one that means I can now start to get my sh*t together. Perhaps I should have done that earlier – at 30 perhaps, or maybe even at 21 (well, no, not really at 21 – how boring would that have been?). But now I feel I’m equipped enough to be a grown-up. Some of the time, at least.
I have discovered more what works for me: skincare products, hairstyles, eating habits. I’m more organised now than before, less scatty than I used to be. And I’m approaching 40 fitter and stronger than ever before (hello, five pull-ups and a 70kg deadlift record) and learning to be more confident, to care less about the little things and to see the bigger picture.
So, does turning 40 scare me? I can say, with hand on heart and less than three weeks to go, I actually find myself looking forward to it. A new chapter is beginning.0