Okay, this particular blog entry has nothing to do with my usual type of topics...unless you consider birthdays to be horrifying!
Birthdays are, generally, something most folks hate when they get past the age of 25. Today, I turn a ripe age of 40. I've never had the issue with 40 that some people seem to have, and now that I've actually hit this age, I gotta say...what's the big deal? Sure, I'm not as fit and lean as I once was, and my hair is pretty well gone, but why is there such a stigma regarding the fourth decade of life? Is it because folks used to only live until 45 or so? Yeah, that was in the days of the old west, and medical science has vastly improved since then! I certainly feel like I am much wiser than I once was, and I look back on my youth with a sense of dismay more often than not. "What was I thinking" is the dominant thought on my mind when I look to those bygone days.
Still, I also feel like I have a much better perspective about who I was then than I even did at the time. Dumb decisions from my childhood and early adulthood are most often laughable to me, when at one point they were so serious. I also love the financial security that I have now, as opposed to those days when I was living off of Top Ramen and Patio microwave burritos. Sure, there is much to be said for youth, but stupidity seems to go along with it, so is it really so great? Maybe you look better, and feel physically stronger, but the downside is that you don't have the experience to deal with so many things that come your way.
Personally, I don't even view forty as "middle age", as I plan on living well past 100 (well, assuming I don't get hit by a bus, or the world doesn't end in 2012)! I don't view myself as "young" per se, but I'm not exactly ready for the nursing home either. So...how many of my readers are near, or past, forty? Do you truly feel that this age is a bad one, or does the good outweigh the bad? For those of you in your twenties, do you feel anyone over 40 is just "old" and completely out of touch, or do you view them as having valuable information and experience to share?