Today is a special day.  Today is the day that my brother Jeff turns 40.

Now I reached that inevitable milestone a few years ago so, as any big brother would do, I need to pass out some advice on turning 40.


Turning forty is a time in our lives when we really don’t quite know how to feel.  Think about it…

When we were 20 we tried to act like we were 30.

When we were 30 we acted like we were 25

When we turn 40, is it time to start to act more age appropriate?

They are saying that 40 is the new 30.  I am not really sure what that means but it does give us permission to act any way we want when we hit the big 40.

Yet, try as we might, the affects of 40 years on this earth are not easily avoided.  Denial will not hide the fact that there are extra hairs growing from your ears and eyebrows.

As 40 is upon you, here are 7 things to keep in mind

1.  Your reaction time might start getting a bit slower.

I know that is hard to believe but try this.  Go play basketball with the local college team and see if your first step is as affective as it once was.  Now for the real test, try to play defense.

2.  The Mirror Lies

I find it very interesting that I am the only one who does not look my age.  I am sure I could pass for a 30 year old.  In fact, looking at my wedding pictures I don’t think I have aged much at all.  Oh ya, the Mirror Lies.

3.  Your dream of becoming a professional athlete should end

In case you have not noticed, there are not many professional athletes who are 40 or over.  In fact, 35 is considered an old man in the sports world.  So if you still have aspirations about signing up for open try-outs with your local professional sports club, you might want to put that one to rest.

4.  Your dream of staying in shape needs to be in full swing

Just because you may never play left wing for the Calgary Flames it does not mean you cannot be an athlete at 40 and beyond.  My father is 72 years old and was so excited to show me the new computer he bought for his road bike.  It keeps track of his speed, mileage, cadence and even the temperature.  I guess he plans on doing some cycling this summer.

5.  Your brain needs to exercise

We have all heard about the need to exercise our bodies, especially as we hit middle age.  But did you know that your brain needs exercise too.  Read, play sudoku or try to do anything to stimulate your brain cells.  Just so you know, watching movies all evening does not exercise the brain.

6.  Bi-focals and hearing aids might be right around the corner

As we age, our bodies do wear out.  The great thing is that we live in a time and place where hearing and vision loss, while inevitable, does not have to inhibit our quality of life.  Imagine 100 years ago where you had to endure bad hearing and poor eyesight.  Not any more.

7.  Your loved ones will still love you

No matter your age or how you are feeling, those who care for you will always care for you. This seems to be unconditional.

Many people have a hard time moving into the second half of their lives.  How have you / are you dealing with this time of transition?

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  1. Jeff says:

    This information is all new to me. Thank you for sharing it with me, Kent. Your wisdom from many years of experience of “life in your 40’s” is appreciated.

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