Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Jig Is Up!?

Yesterday I had a new magazine in my mailbox. It was More, the magazine for women over 40. Funny, I didn’t think twice about subscribing to it online but when I opened my mailbox I got this funny feeling.  I looked around to see who was looking.  Then I immediately thought, oh man, the mailman is no longer going to think I’m his age, he’s going to know I’m 40.  THE JIG IS UP!  I immediately got paranoid and frantic at the same time.  

More 40 (pun intended) realities set in.  No one ever thinks I’m anywhere near 40 and I actually like telling people I’m 39 because I look damn good (modest I’m not, but we have to hold on to whatever we can at this age ya' know) but I seriously felt a little blindsided by More yesterday.  It was not on my own terms.  Who now knew that I didn’t tell?  I wonder if my neighbor saw the mailman putting the magazine in my box?  I can always say it was delivered to the wrong house!  Okay, okay… it's all silly I know, but whoever said everything that happens in the mind of a woman turning 40 is rational?  

Does anyone who has turned 40 already have any funny and irrational stories for the rest of us about how you felt about turning 40?  


  1. I had no problem with turning 40. I was pretty excited about it. Turning 35 was a different story though. I closed on my first house a few weeks before turning 35. Every time I would start to get freaked out about truning 35, I would think "OMG, I am buying a house!" Then when I would get scared about buying the house, I would remind myself that I was turning 35. Having two things to be freaked out about helped me to not get too overwrought about either one.
    I don't really recommend that as a means of stress reduction though.

  2. 35 was a bigger deal to me too. I'm 43 now and sometimes I forget my age - kept saying I was 42 the other day. It's just a number after all.

    I might have to check out that More mag myself. No shame in it, Tami!!

  3. I was really dreading 40, but it turned out to be no big deal. I've been 46 for about a week now, and it's been kinda hard to get used to. Sounds like damn near 50.

  4. 40 was hard for me. I felt like I was running out of time. I felt a sense of urgency and began realizing if I wanted my dreams I need to start living them.

    At 40 the pressure was off of my appearances. I was more freed up of the external crap that bound me in my 20s and 30s. My body was changing but so was my mind. I decluttered my life and got my priorities in order. No time to waste. I am loving this decade more than any other.

  5. It was worth turning 40 for the free pedicure.

  6. Ummm, 40. I ended up finding out I was pretty sick a couple of months after my birthday so my memory is clouded with thoughts of just being happy to be here.

    On the other hand 45 is coming up in a couple of months and I am thinking wow, wasn't I just 29???