MSN’s Wonderwall asks, is 40 the new 25?

jennifer-aniston-reunion Yesterday I wrote about hiding our age and people labeling forty the new thirty.  Now MSN’s asking is 40 the new 25?

The article cites single celebs like Janet Jackson, Jennifer Aniston and Lucy Liu as paving the way for single women everywhere. Really? Is that because they’re doing such a bang-up job of being single themselves?  Even Jen-An admitted that dating sometimes “sucks.”

So why all the rush to be 25 again? I wouldn’t want to be 25 again if you paid me. Well…maybe if you paid me. But would you…want to be 25 again, not pay me…if you could?

Are you hiding your age?

42-15654561You know how Entertainment Tonight does their birthday announcements at the end of each show?  It always cracks me up to hear that someone, who up until a year ago was my age, is now magically two years younger.  Seriously? Did you think we wouldn’t notice?

Lying about our age is certainly not unique to this generation. Our mothers did it, and their mothers before them. But in a time when turning forty is embraced more than ever, many of us are still hesitant about embracing it.  If forty really is the new thirty, why hide it? Continue reading Are you hiding your age?

What’s your passion?

passion at fortySo you’re forty, or at least quickly heading in that direction. What are you passionate about? Is it different now than when you were thirty?

For me the answer to the latter is a resounding yes! At thirty, I was just getting out of that phase of being all about trying (unsuccessfully) to see and be seen.  In the middle of all that, I found time to hope for a good job, a nice boyfriend and a comfy home.  Can you be passionate about being comfortable? Passionately comfortable? Well I was. Continue reading What’s your passion?

The Women at Forty Project

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There’s something about forty

Turning forty represents so many different things to so many women. We’re infinitely better off than we thought we’d be, or not nearly as far along as we imagined.  We’re happily single or resigned to being that way.  We’re married with kids and wondering how that happened, or traveling the world and wondering how we could have risked missing out on that.  Wherever we are in our lives, at forty, most of us pause to take inventory. We look at where we’ve been, imagine where we’re headed and wonder if forty will be all it’s cracked up to be. Continue reading The Women at Forty Project