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ProgressoR
01-04-2011, 05:46 AM
So I turn 40 tomorrow, I heard its a big thing, but cant say i really gave it much thought. Not having a bash or anything, my birthdays are always low key, never had much interest since I was a child.

For those who have turned 40, or can imagine if they were to turn 40, what did/would you feel?

And oh yeh, just like xmas eve and NY eve, I am playing tennis tomorrow. Got my priorities darn straight.

jmverdugo
01-04-2011, 05:50 AM
From your posts I never would imagined you are 40, Happy Birthday! have a good one.

El Diablo
01-04-2011, 06:14 AM
No, 50 is a big deal for men, reason being that by 50 most men know someone well who's dealing with a serious or potentially fatal illness (usually prostate cancer, it seems), so your sense of mortality becomes more prominent. 40 is a big deal for women because childbearing potential diminishes, the average age for first menopausal symptoms is 46, and the youth oriented culture in the US is much harsher on women than men.

Topaz
01-04-2011, 06:26 AM
Really? My birthday is tomorrow as well...but I can't help you on the 40 thing...not quite yet! ;). If you're playing tennis though, I think you've got things well under control. Happy birthday!

atatu
01-04-2011, 06:38 AM
Not a big deal, agree that 50 is the big one for men. I'm 48 myself and the prospect of turning 50 in a couple of years is a bit daunting, although I will be able to play Senior League tennis....

GRANITECHIEF
01-04-2011, 08:54 AM
My thought was, now i can play 40's Nats Indoor in Park City!!

max
01-04-2011, 09:12 AM
I think 30s a bigger one; 40 was non-traumatic here.

SystemicAnomaly
01-04-2011, 09:48 AM
^ Agreed, 30 and 50 are a bit more traumatic. Back in the day (the '60s and '70s) the word was, "don't trust anyone over 30". When us baby boomers were in our teens and 20s, our numbers were so large that middle age had dropped down to mid/high 20s for a while. As the boomers got past the late 20s, we pulled that "middle age" number up right along with us.

Age distrubution in the US from 1950 to 2010:


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/28/United_States_Population_by_gender_1950-2010.gif/300px-United_States_Population_by_gender_1950-2010.gif
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813wilson
01-04-2011, 09:48 AM
So I turn 40 tomorrow, I heard its a big thing, but cant say i really gave it much thought. Not having a bash or anything, my birthdays are always low key, never had much interest since I was a child.

For those who have turned 40, or can imagine if they were to turn 40, what did/would you feel?

And oh yeh, just like xmas eve and NY eve, I am playing tennis tomorrow. Got my priorities darn straight.


Mine is today - 46. Non of my birthdays have felt more "heavy" than others with the exception of turning 21. My head felt heavy for two days after.

Anyway, Happy Birthday. And, I'm playing tennis tonight!

SystemicAnomaly
01-04-2011, 09:54 AM
Here's a snapshot of the US population about 10 years ago:

http://www.censusscope.org/us/chart_age_graph_1.gif

r2473
01-04-2011, 09:59 AM
I like the gif. in your first post SA. Thanks.

basil J
01-04-2011, 10:16 AM
I just turned 50 on the 1st. Physically the only difference I feel from 40 is that my strenght and ability to recover has diminished a bit. I still play singles against 30 year olds and still move well. What I don't or can't do anymore is lift for an hour, do 30 minutes of cardio and then go hit balls for an hour, like I easily could 10 years ago. Now I have to space my workouts so I can recover better. I have no desire to bench 250# anymore and am satisfied working out with 70# dumbells and keeping my shoulders somewhat intact. My big concern now is ensuring that I eat well and live clean and hopefully not have to fight any disease or cancers. Other than that, Rock on! it's only a number.You can only move forward, so keep moving!

sureshs
01-04-2011, 11:37 AM
Play singles with young women, and you will forever be young.

Cindysphinx
01-04-2011, 01:25 PM
No milestone birthday is a huge big deal, really. I mean, if you get to 40 or 50 and are happy and healthy, that's great. If you are 37 or 47 and your life stinks, who cares about the number?

And no, turning 40 wasn't a big deal because of the decline in my fertility. Maybe it would be so for a woman who hadn't had kids and wanted them, but that hardly represents all women. A lot of us are thrilled to be done by then.

Dilettante
01-04-2011, 01:56 PM
So I turn 40 tomorrow, I heard its a big thing, but cant say i really gave it much thought. Not having a bash or anything, my birthdays are always low key, never had much interest since I was a child.

For those who have turned 40, or can imagine if they were to turn 40, what did/would you feel?

And oh yeh, just like xmas eve and NY eve, I am playing tennis tomorrow. Got my priorities darn straight.

So you're a bit older than me, that made my day. BTW, Happy Birthday (happy for both of us).

Tennishacker
01-04-2011, 03:23 PM
Congrats on 40, only issues is to stay healthily, be more aware of your body and have lots of sex!

bulldawg
01-04-2011, 04:19 PM
I turned 40 this year, and other than a great surprise party organized by my wife, everything has been status quo, for the most part. I've dropped the weight of the frame I use, but 11 oz. will still provide stability. Congrat's on the B-day, and good hitting!

jswinf
01-04-2011, 05:38 PM
40 is no big deal, that's so twentieth century. You're old enough and smart enough (and, by golly, people like you) to take care of yourself, so enjoy it!

I will agree with other posters that 50 can get your attention a little more...

Mick
01-04-2011, 05:45 PM
this reminds me of the mercedes-benz commercial where the guy went to the doctor for a physical check up and his doctor told him: i don't know how to tell you this but you only have 40 years left, 50 years top. so the guy bought himself a mercedes-benz and began to enjoy life :)

happy b-day!

jmnk
01-04-2011, 09:03 PM
what do you guys mean 'not a big deal'? He can play 40+ age tournaments now!

N23
01-04-2011, 09:13 PM
Nope. I just turned the big 40 a few days ago and it's no biggie. I still act like a clown.