When I was 39, people used to say to me that 40 was the new 30. I took it for what is was; intending to be one of those positive, sunny side-up type comments. The truth is the comment didn’t bother me and I actually believed it. Now that I am a few years into the 4th decade of my life, I can tell you why 40 is the new 30!
First, I will own up to the fact that 40 brought on some changes that I would gladly give back. For example, longer recovery time from injuries, the need for more sleep and all the extra doctors visits. Despite these annoyances, there is so much to look forward to when you are in your 40s. I have categorized these key attributes. I must warn you, I may have made up some words/phrases, but I figure if the digital natives are allowed to make up words, I am entitled to create a little nomenclature.
- Crap Toleration – this is stuff you put up with because you feel you have to when you are in your 20s and 30s both at work and in your personal relationships. There is an inverse relationship between crap toleration and age. The older you get, the less crap you put up with.
- Ageless Arrogance – this is when you exude ultra-confidence when wearing the widest range of fashion and style. What was once thought to be most suitable for the 25-35 year olds, can still be worn when you are in your 40s. This includes the following looks: hipster, jock, sexy, grunge, 80s, rock chic, and vintage. In your 40s you have a timeless beauty.
- Generationally Omnipotent- this is the skill to be fluent when speaking to the Silent Generation (your grandparents), Baby-Boomers (your parents), the Gen Xers, Gener Y-er (your siblings) and even the Digital Natives (your nieces and nephews). In fact, not only can you understand their point of view and abbreviations, adjectives and expression they use (i.e “Well after the war…” “No way!” “So, like, …”), but you find genuine humor in it and you are not offended by any it.
- Intellectual Adaptability – we were one of the last generations to actually do all our schooling from books, while using a pen to write cursive. All of which I consider to be a traditional learning method. However, most 40 year old I know have adapted to the digital age, of e-books and internet research.
So at the end of the day, people in their 40’s are actually ambassadors. We translate stories, acronyms and technology for all generations. We can represent the interests of so many with a great sense of style and we know who we are and own up to it. So if you are quickly approaching 40, do not sweat it!