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How did you deal with turning 40?

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BeyonceZ Sun 02-Jul-17 22:26:15

I'll be 40 in a year's time (turning 39 soon) and I just can't wrap my head around it.

Does life drastically change? Do hopes and dreams change?

YouTheCat Sun 02-Jul-17 22:27:51

I got a tattoo and left my husband. hth

Chasingsquirrels Sun 02-Jul-17 22:28:23

It's better than the alternative!

LindyHemming Sun 02-Jul-17 22:28:42

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ThePinkOcelot Sun 02-Jul-17 22:29:18

It just came and went. Just like any other day.

Dowser Sun 02-Jul-17 22:30:30

Great. Big party .
Darn sight better than 30 when I thought I was going to die from pneumonia!

Squeegle Sun 02-Jul-17 22:30:34

Being 30 was more of a shock!

Eolian Sun 02-Jul-17 22:30:59

Of course not! Nothing magically changes. You get a year older, just like you do every year! Or in fact on your birthday you get a day older, just like you do every day! Why on earth should life change?

Sunnydaysrock Sun 02-Jul-17 22:31:09

Nothing changes, it's fine! Life's what you make it, and if you let your age bring you down you're wasting time. You can't stop it happening. Do really nice stuff for your birthday and then just live your life! You only get one ..blah blah

MarklahMarklah Sun 02-Jul-17 22:36:32

Had a party. I enjoyed it. I don't really see why it's a big deal, you're still young. There's several people I knew who would have loved to have lived to be 40.

PacificDogwod Sun 02-Jul-17 22:37:30

It did not hurt.

Nor did turning 50 grin

missiondecision Sun 02-Jul-17 22:39:17

I survived turning 40 by pretending I hadn't.
I was 39 again.
By 41 I was ok with it. It's better than the alternative isn't it?

MirandaWest Sun 02-Jul-17 22:39:50

My now DH celebrated turning 40 by meeting me smile.

I had a small family party (he and I had moved in together by then)

All was fine smile

Ineedagoodusername Sun 02-Jul-17 22:41:37

You must be exactly the same age as me. I'm 39 in August. I'm not sure why but I'm quite excited about going into my 40s!

elQuintoConyo Sun 02-Jul-17 22:42:28

For me it came and went. Tea and cake in the garden with lots of friends. DS was running about bare-arsed due to potty training and peed in a friend's shoe blush

30th birthday was spent in Venice with DH. Again, just another birthday.

However, the night before turning 31 - absolute meltdown! For about a half hour. Completely daft.

I'm now 42 and have lost several friends and family members yet I am in rude health. I count my blessings.

Notcool1984 Sun 02-Jul-17 22:43:41

After going through major illness in my 20s, I count every year I get to as a blessing! Better than the alternative as others have said!

IrritatedUser1960 Sun 02-Jul-17 22:44:25

40 was fantastic. It's 50 that's the killer.

Mrsfluff Sun 02-Jul-17 22:44:25

I got divorced and found myself a lovely new man, just before the end of 39. 40 has been fantastic!!!

MickeyRooney Sun 02-Jul-17 22:45:18

I dealt with it by going to Russia and had a great time there. Apart from that, life continued as normal.

stopfuckingshoutingatme Sun 02-Jul-17 22:45:28

Erm it's just a number

Felt no different to turning 8 , 32

At least we are alive !!!!

SoyUnPerdedor2 Sun 02-Jul-17 22:46:16

I looked at the cards on the windowsill all saying 40.
Wondered who they were for!
Then went back to dealing with the baby who had just started walking and was in to everything.

FlyingElbows Sun 02-Jul-17 22:46:21

I got up, got the children organised and got on with my life like I do every other day.

phoolani Sun 02-Jul-17 22:49:07

The best thing about turning 40 is you don't care anymore about turning 40.

Dauphinois Sun 02-Jul-17 22:49:46

40 was fabulous!

Past the baby stage and kids getting more independent. Big life choices made ( career, husband, house etc). Fortunate to have good health.

Time to have some fun after the slog of young kids ( 30's) and trying to establish career, meet life partner, buy house etc (20's)

40's are brill!

MegBusset Sun 02-Jul-17 22:50:51

Happened to me two weeks ago. I spent the whole month celebrating it.

I had two fab nights out with friends, a brilliant gig in London by myself, and a long weekend away with DH. On the day itself I spent most of it on the beach with DH and the kids before having a lovely barbecue and drinking lots of prosecco.

It was MUCH better than my 30th (when I had a small baby and hadn't slept for three months) and my 21st (when I was taken to some ghastly posh restaurant and given an ugly watch by my ex boyfriend).

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