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Turning 40...are you truly over the hill?


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Blog by Bettina Reid | February 20th, 2012


This past weekend my husband turned 40 and he wasn't too happy about it. Somehow 30 came and went without much fuss, but 40 seems to have so much more meaning....why?

I teased him saying he's joining a new club that I am not allowed to be a part of...and that's ok with me! :) 

I always say you are only as old as you feel, I certainly don't feel old at 37 and cannot imagine that 3 years is going to make that much difference. He seems to think that I will be upset when the time comes for me. I truly don't think so.  The definition for "over the hill" is past one's prime, I am thinking that I haven't even reached my prime let alone heading past it.

It's funny how time does fly, feels like only yesterday that we were married and started having children. I still look at people in their 20's and think I'm not that much older than they are....comes back to, you are only as old as you feel. :)

I do remember as a teen and even into my early twenties thinking that 40 was old. It really isn't though as I am approaching my 40's I am thinking how very soon my husband and I will be starting a new chapter in our lives. My eldest will be heading off to University before I even turn 40 and my youngest will only be 2 years behind her. When I look around at many of our friends who decided to start their careers and travelling 1st that now have small children, I am guessing many of them are feeling old. Chasing after little ones now, I would imagine is a heck of a lot more exhausting. We wouldn't have traded having a family young for anything. We have our whole lives ahead of us to travel and see the world.

Now ask our teenage girls if we are old...of course they'd answer is yes! :)

Live life to it's fullest and I am sure youthfulness will always be a part of you.

Which brings me to my question - is 40 truly over the hill? What do you think?

An aside....as I was writing this I had to save and set it aside before I posted this blog. In the mean time I was on facebook and came across one of my favourite Vancouver colleagues Ian Watt and his blog post for today was along the same lines and thought I would share his blog with you. 

How Old Would You Be If You Didn’t Know How Old You Were?

http://www.ianwatt.com/

I come back to my earlier comments which are very a-propos...I would be 28, although I am much more confident and comfortable with myself today than I was back then. :)