Here are some of the things I’ve learnt since turning 40 (a few years ago!):
- I have become invisible to the general public. I’m not saying I used to attract lots of attention, but I really think I could walk the streets naked in broad daylight without causing a stir.
- The exception to the above is doctors – since having kids my body is public property to anyone in the healthcare profession.
- I am more tolerant of intolerance. I don’t curse when people cut me up on the roads; I let people rant and rave at me if they want to get something off their chest; I’ve become a more sympathetic listener… However…
- … I get less involved. I let people’s opinions wash over me. I wouldn’t have dreamt of writing a blog a few years ago, because I was too concerned about what people thought.
- A small group of close, supportive friends is more important than being popular.
- There are loads of incredible women in their 40s and beyond, supporting each other and their businesses on social media – and these people are my daytime lifeline.
- Everyone is fitter than me. Literally everyone I know is running, or cycling, or doing regular triathlons or competing at Tough Mudder. I’m in my little office with the curtains closed. Eating chocolate.
- My insides are heading south. Since having two kids, I have only attempted trampolining once. ‘Nuff said.
- Some styles of clothes suit me, some don’t. I have come to terms with this and it has set me free! I can just turn away from rails and rails of sleeve-free items, knowing that they are for someone else, someone without strange dimples in their upper arms.
- This means I don’t have to shave my armpits as often. Yay!
What have you learnt in your 40s? Please leave your comments below.