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naughtynamechanger Fri 09-Sep-11 17:31:02

I turned 40 this year and have a terrible, growing, overwhelming urge to do something totally inappropriate. So I was hoping some of you could inspire me on how to have an interesting, fun mid-life crisis (preferably without really embrrassing long-term consequences). blush No interest in flash cars (good, can't afford them), woke up today with a sudden urge to dye my hair bright pink or blue - v dark hair so would be quite a fag to do, but might provoke a little frisson in the playground... anyone got any suggestions? smile

<naughty smilie>

LindyHemming Fri 09-Sep-11 17:39:28

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DontCallMeBaby Fri 09-Sep-11 17:41:31

I took up running. I also want to get a tattoo before I turn 40, but I suspect that will surprise people a LOT less than the running did. Actually the running surprised me. I'm not claiming it's an interesting mid-life crisis, just an unexpected one. I'm hoping to have a better one in a few years.

Cheaptrick Fri 09-Sep-11 17:41:55

get a group of friends together and go camping to a music festival, smoke, drink and flirt?

have a makeover?

get into sex toys?

try something new that scars you?

Cheaptrick Fri 09-Sep-11 17:42:39

*scears you - like jumping out of a plain with a oversized hankie!

hairylights Fri 09-Sep-11 17:43:25

When I left my husband (at 41) I was accused of having a mid-life crisis.

Turned out I had been having a pre-mid life crisis from ages 25-41 - I completely changed my life, and I'm now with a new man and pregnant at 43 expecting DC 1 smile

ThePerfectShitStorm Fri 09-Sep-11 17:43:25

I'm climbing Kilimanjaro for my 40th, later this year. I'm bricking myself. It's completely outside my comfort zone, which is the reason I've been talked into doing it. Perhaps you could do something you'd never dream of doing in a million years and that scares the bejeezus out of you.

cuttingpicassostoenails Fri 09-Sep-11 17:46:38

Buy a 100+ year old iron boat. Live aboard and spend your dotage (and every penny you have) trying to keep it afloat and in full working order.

naughtynamechanger Fri 09-Sep-11 17:48:19

ThePerfectShitStorm - That would scare everything out of me. As would running. In fact any kind of sport would shock me more than anyone else.

Congratulations, hairylights. Glad it's worked out for you but am trying to have a slightly less dramatic mid-life crisis if possible. smile

Cheaptrick - already have the sex toys, been to some festivals within not too distant memory. Think this is partly set off by going to see Pulp play last week (kind of thing I would have done at the drop of a hat when younger). Really enjoyed it, Jarvis is 7 years older than me but not an old fart. And sings sexy songs with a very dirty voice. Aaargh. Need stimulation!

Thanks for ideas!

Mumleigh Fri 09-Sep-11 17:51:59

since I turned 40 ( a year ago) I have taken up running and got into camping. ( those two things have shocked everyone who knows me) I am currently training for a charity marathon walk and today I went and got all my hair chopped off after having the same long and boring style since I was 30. I feel better, fitter and happier now than I did in my 20's. Would love a fancy sports car too but sadly funds will not allow it.

Mumleigh Fri 09-Sep-11 17:52:51

oooh I was at Pulp last week too!

naughtynamechanger Fri 09-Sep-11 17:54:21

Definitely too much running here. sad I admire you all humbly but the chance of my following suit is about as great as my getting off with Jarvis.

Anyone done anything more ...shocking... than becoming fit?

naughtynamechanger Fri 09-Sep-11 17:54:47

It was great, wasn't it Mumleigh? smile

hairylights Fri 09-Sep-11 17:56:24

grin Naughty - I realise that was totally off topic but thouht it might make you laugh.

Onemorning Fri 09-Sep-11 17:57:09

That sounds fab, TPSS.

OP, I turned 40 on Wednesday, and celebrated by going to see Public Enemy play last night. It's not exactly life changing, but reminds me there's life in me yet!

naughtynamechanger Fri 09-Sep-11 17:59:38

I'm reminded of 'When I am old I shall wear purple' (the poem); except she was talking granny-style age. So i definitely need to do something more than wear purple.

Purple hair...? <thoughtful emoticon>

Cheaptrick Fri 09-Sep-11 18:01:50

get a tattoo,

Get and drive a motorbike

Dye your hair red

get 6 months off work and travel the world,

Mumleigh Fri 09-Sep-11 18:12:11

yes Pulp were great - last Wed at Brixton. I cried during Something Changed as that is a sort of "our song" for me and DH. Last time I saw them was at the V festival in 1996. I do love Jarvis! He is a national treasure.

LindyHemming Fri 09-Sep-11 18:18:07

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Tortington Fri 09-Sep-11 18:18:57

rhubarb confided in me that she is a secret rocking chair lover dirty woman

naughtynamechanger Fri 09-Sep-11 18:57:12

Mumleigh - I was there on wed at Brixton too! with my dd, who is actually the one who's got me into Pulp - I sort of 'missed' them the first time round; too busy being sef-obsessed 20-something. blush

Jarvis is hot - or rather his voice is. Dirty lyrics too... Fantastic night. Been listening to Pulp ever since...

naughtynamechanger Fri 09-Sep-11 18:59:06

Euphemia - considered that too, but not convinced dh would be thrilled. wink

Might be fun though...

AuntieMonica Fri 09-Sep-11 19:00:02

have another baby!

i did grin

naughtynamechanger Fri 09-Sep-11 19:02:38


AuntieMonica Fri 09-Sep-11 19:07:26

we secretly call her our MLC grin

most couples buy a 2 seater/go abroad - we had to buy a new 4 door car and are unlikely to have another foreign holiday for years grin

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