Turning 40 And Other Glimpses Over The Hill

By Patti Allen on January 17, 2012

Photo: Emily Made A Wish via Flickr.Happy New Year! If you are anything like me, you have busy trying to sort through life and keep your head above the rising tide of post-holiday clutter! In preparing to write this blog I noticed that this is my 40th Dreams & Soul blog post for Naturally Savvy! It started me thinking about society’s notions of age and how 40 used to be the “big” birthday after which one was “over the hill.” In fact, it was Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip who once said, “Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.” I’m way over that hill — and one other — yet I’m still 25 years old in my head! Even so, time is speeding up for all of us as we hurtle into the future without even pausing in the “now”!

Before the over the hill 40’s, the age of 30 was suspicious too. I remember the 60’s when student activist Jack Weinberg said, “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” This ageism exists throughout, well, the ages! Back before the counterculture of the 60’s, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) said, “Every man over forty is a scoundrel.” And there are no shortage of age quotes available on-line. Here are a few that I like:

- Age is a question of mind over matter.  If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.  ~Leroy "Satchel" Paige
- Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.  ~Maurice Chevalier
- Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.  ~Caryn Leschen
- Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.  ~Victor Hugo
- Age is just a number.  Mine is unlisted.  ~Author Unknown
- Old age is fifteen years older than I am.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Throughout all of recorded history, if one reached a certain age alive and well and had the leisure and resources, then one would sit and contemplate life, aging, looking back at the distance one has traveled from birth to old age. Now that time seems to be speeding up, you don’t have to wait until you are over that well-worn “hill” to pause and reassess. Ask yourself these questions:

1) Am I headed in the direction that I’d like in my life or is a course correction needed? If a change is needed, don’t focus on the size of the next hill you want to climb, just chose one small step to begin.
2) Have I accomplished what I want to accomplish? If not, list what would be on your Life To-Do List. Live life with no regrets. Do what your soul has come here to do.
3) What give me joy? What do I need to do to bring joy into my life on a daily basis? Your joys don’t have to be expensive. But they do need to make you smile with the wealth in your heart.

These three little questions can be all that you need to enjoy the downhill slide down the other side of the hill. In the end, even with all the endless number of quotes available on line, I think this sums it up best, “Everyone is the age of their heart.”  ~Guatemalan Proverb


By Patti Allen| January 17, 2012
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