Does life begin at 40?

Today I turn 41. I have waved goodbye to being 40 and am now properly ‘in my 40s’. I loved being 40, I felt it was kind of a cool age. It is always said that life begins at 40. So did mine?

In a word, yes.

There have been some big changes over the last year – one which I expected and others which I didn’t, but they’ve all been good.

When I turned 40, we’d found a house we wanted to buy. We’d had our offer accepted and we’d found a buyer for ours. It looked pretty certain that we would be moving house soon after my 40th birthday. In the end it wasn’t as soon as we’d expected, but when it eventually happened it made a big difference to our lives. It’s not been without its challenges, but having more space was exactly what we needed – it’s not easy living in a three-bedroom bungalow as a family of five. There’s no escape from other people’s noise and mess. Having more space has been really good for all of us.

When I turned 40 I wasn’t that happy at work, but I fully expected to be there for the foreseeable future – five years, 10 years, forever… I had no idea that we were being restructured again, no idea that there would be no place for me in that structure and no idea that I would be brave enough to walk away and do my own thing. Even though the work isn’t always there, I don’t have a single second of regret about taking voluntary redundancy and leaving work. I’d done my time there. I was no longer enjoying it. I needed to be myself – and I needed to be there for my kids. Since leaving work I am a much happier, much nicer and more confident person.

There have been other, smaller changes too. When I turned 40, my skin was covered in spots. Just as it had been since I was 12. But there was something about the milestone of 40 which made me realise I couldn’t go on like this forever. It was time to change. There was an alternative, but it was a big step. Well, starting on Roaccutane and seeing the change in my skin has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.

When I turned 40, I thought life was too short for pets. Pets need cleaning and feeding and caring for. Why would I want that hassle in my life? And then I saw it in a new light – what if life was too short NOT to have pets? So we got our guinea pigs and they’ve proved to be another brilliant decision for the family. Somehow, these little funny, furry creatures have made us all that bit happier.

So for me, life did begin at 40.

Will 41 be as cool?

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Wow what a year. I love the job one especially. It’s probably terrifying to take the plunge like that but it sounds like that last year has been so much calmer for you as a person (even though you have the madness of a new house). Hope you have a brilliant day today and that this next year brings you even better things 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, it’s certainly been a good year. My aim for the coming year is to try to bring my regular work/ money in so I’m earning as much as I was in my job!

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  2. Great post and happy birthday! It sounds like 40 has been a really positive turning point in your life and you are really getting comfortable in your stride. Enjoy those guinea pigs and interesting reading on the acne treatment (I have also spent from early teens onwards with an array of creams and cover ups… Gah!).

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    • Thanks very much! I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence that things all happened when I was 40 or whether I felt it was the right time to change, but it’s all been good either way.

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  3. Happy bloody birthday, me dear! So glad you took the plunge work-wise, and I can highly recommend guinea pigs. Here’s to another year of positivity!

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    • Thanks very much! Taking the plunge on both work and guinea pigs was a very good idea!

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  4. Happy birthday!!! Glad you are getting your skin sorted and your guniea pigs are ace. Life is too short. I hope you have a truly wonderful birthday xxxxxxxx

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 x

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    • That’s such a good thing to hear! Thanks very much, Lesley. x

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    • I hope so! Thanks very much 🙂

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  5. Happy birthday I hope you have had a lovely day. It really has been an epic year hasn’t ? Obviously li does begin at 40

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    • It has been a big year! Thanks very much, that’s good to know!

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  6. Belated birthday wishes for yesterday. Here’s hoping that turning 41 is equally as brilliant as being 40!

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    • Thanks very much, Izzie. I really hope so, although it would be hard to top it!

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  7. Happy birthday and congratulations on hotting the big 4-1. Glad to hear your forty first year coincided with so many positive changes.

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    • Thanks very much! I’m not sure how many coincided and how many I made because I thought ‘I’m 40, I’m not doing this any more!’

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  8. I read this post yesterday and really loved it. What a liberating and refreshing post to read. LOVE that you have embraced animals especially – who’d have thought it?! Hope you had a great birthday and that you submitted this to Post 40 Bloggers?!

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    • Thanks very much, what a lovely thing to say 🙂 Yes, I have submitted it to Post 40 Bloggers, so hopefully they will like it!

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  9. I’m sure 41 will be just as cool!
    Wow, such a lot of things happening and all positive!
    Great stuff. Nice post. X

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    • Thanks very much, I really hope so 🙂 x

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