How bad is it to turn 40 years old?

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asked Apr 25, 2017 in Polls/Surveys by Niko (18,430 points)
How bad is it to turn 40 years old?

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answered Apr 25, 2017 by Donker (140 points)

I want to tell you that I am much happier at 40 than I was at 20 and 30.

 Loving wife, wonderful son, fantastic friends, great job, quality lifestyle, perfect home town - I had none of those when I was 20 or 30, but have them all now that I am 40.

  • More daily routine planning needed: I have to plan my days a little more in advance, to allow for breaks, exercise and learning to keep up with the job. I even have to plan for “spontaneous time”, in case it happens, so that it doesn’t throw off the rest of my day.
  • Exercise: You need to be getting into a consistent exercise routine at 40, otherwise your body will be feeling the consequences more often. One thing to note, however - I play football regularly, and I am still a better player than most of the 20 and 30 year olds that I play with, which is a by-product of regular exercise.
  • Eating healthier: I stay away from fast foods and processed foods now, simply because my body starts to shut down (similar to a mini-hangover) after I eat large amounts of sugar and fat. I used to be able to bounce back from a lunch at McDonalds or KFC, but not anymore. Drink lots of water and avoid high sugar, salt and fats.
  • Haemorrhoids: They suck. It means you can’t eat processed foods, or sit down for long periods of time without it literally being a pain in the ass.
  • Coughing: I am more prone to coughing than I was when I was younger. My throat is more sensitive, it seems.
  • Eyesight fades: I can’t see things as clearly, particularly small text. You’ll notice a larger percentage of over 40’s wearing glasses, case in point.
  • Strange new pains in your body. Sadly, this is true. A new ligament or muscle causes irritation or pain every month or two. Again, exercise is key.
  • Social stigmas: People expect you to know better and be more mature/balanced in thought and have more experience, but in reality, you are just as naive, foolish and fun-loving as the younger (and older) generations when it comes to new technologies, processes, procedures, etc. You just give a sh*t less about the small stuff, and are wise enough to give things more time before you react.

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