Once I hit 40, there were some things that just sucked. Did it happen to you too? Sure, I was stronger, more comfortable with my life choices, and wiser as a woman in my 40’s, but things changed. Some things I used to be able to do or didn’t have to worry about every day now became things I couldn’t do at all or worried about. Forty hit, and it seemed like little cracks starting showing up here and there. Little crappy things…
You don’t look cool anymore when you dance.
Instead, you just look like a freakin’ idiot. (Just ask the people who saw me dancing the night away at last week’s wedding–they would agree with this.)
You can’t eat fast food every week anymore.
Gone are the days of swinging by McDonald’s drive-through for a Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal and enjoying it without gaining five pounds overnight. Now, if it’s not gluten-free, dairy-free or Paleo-friendly, expect to bloat or put on some ounces.
Your friend tribe changes.
This is crappy and good…crappy because you leave some friends behind, but happy because in your 40’s you realize who you need in your tribe and what is important to you, your family and your kids. Your 40’s friends are ones who have your back, support you and are there for you in times of need.
You don’t get carded anymore.
You’ll walk into a bar and think you look pretty good, and you feel like you are still 20-something, but unfortunately the mirror (and bartender) sees otherwise. No one wants to card you anymore. Ever. Whether it’s purchasing wine, fireworks, or lottery tickets, sadly no one needs to see your ID to be sure you are old enough to do the (cool) things.
Health issues decide to pop up and say hi.
Curse our bodies for getting old and creaky! It seems like once your 40’s hit, so do health problems. Autoimmune diseases, arthritis, joint pain, high blood pressure or cholesterol—you name it, it often hits in your 40’s. And it sucks.
Hello, wrinkles and sagging everything.
Suddenly, every wrinkle and frown line wants to show up on your face when you hit 40. And what in the world is it with gravity deciding to take over? Everything, EVERYTHING, starts to droop and sag. For those who can afford it, thank goodness for plastic surgery, age-defying creams and lotions. Trying to look young forever sure gets costly once you hit 40.
There are definitely other crappy things that seem to hit in your 40’s. But, while some things start to suck, there’s a lot to be happy about. You’ve learned a lot the past four decades, and you know what you want in your life. Don’t let the yuck get in your way–who cares if you gain a few pounds, look like Elaine from Seinfield when you dance, or have to take a couple Aleve every day for those achy knees. Have fun, enjoy life, and do what makes you happy. There’s always going to be crap no matter what decade you are living in–happiness in your 40’s will be up to you.