"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-02-2012, 10:16 AM   #1
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 863
Life begins at 40?

Do you agree that life begins at 4o? Give reasons for you opinion.

__________________

Mel! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 10:21 AM   #2
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,408
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mel! View Post
Do you agree that life begins at 4o? Give reasons for you opinion.

Interesting phrase. It was probably coined by someone at or around 40 years old who was trying to feel better about aging.

In my opinion, any day above ground is a good day. How good is up to you.
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 10:29 AM   #3
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 19,090
My life didn't begin at 40, it just changed. The kids were grown, I no longer was cooking for an army, the house stayed cleaner longer, leaving me time to do the things I always wanted to do. And I did them.
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 10:59 AM   #4
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,170
Gee! I passed 40 more than 20 years ago and I can barely remember what that age was like. I DO know that we still had a house full and that Buck and I were working multiple jobs. At "my" 40 I was too busy to contemplate whether or not life was beginning.

I've had many "beginnings" in my lifetime and, like Andy, I'm grateful for each day I'm here. I've nearly died four times and I like this side of the world whole muches. I hope I have nine lives, because I plan on being here for a lot longer.

Now, I've been retired for nearly three years and it's as close to perfect as I could imagine. Every day can be Friday if I want it to be. I haven't worn a watch most of these three years and I don't miss it. I used to wake up at night and glance at the clock to see how much more time I had to get some sleep. Not any more!!!! By golly, if I want to take a nap in the middle of the day...I do.

If I want to stay up until the wee hours watching TV, reading or whatever, there's no consequence and I can sleep until lunchtime to get my rest. Conversely, going to bed early has also been on my agenda.

When the spirit moves us and we want to hop on our Harley and ride where the wind takes us, we can gear up, lock the doors and fly down the road.

As for life beginning at 40, guess everyone has their own definition of what that would be. Mine happened, but not at 40.

Another possibility is that, after Buck's death, my life began again when Glenn became part of it.

There are all sorts of possibilities.
__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
Wine Guy
 
Steve Kroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 5,419
Maybe a better way to phrase it is "Life doesn't end at 40."

I've met far too many people who seem to think otherwise.
__________________
Steve Kroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 12:01 PM   #6
Everymom
 
Alix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 23,184
My Mom told me that at 40 she stopped caring so much about what people thought of her and just did and said what she liked. Perhaps 40 means a loss of inhibition?


__________________
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams
Alix
Alix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 11:04 AM   #7
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 863
Quote:
Originally Posted by Addie View Post
My life didn't begin at 40, it just changed. The kids were grown, I no longer was cooking for an army, the house stayed cleaner longer, leaving me time to do the things I always wanted to do. And I did them.
Yeah, same with me. :)

One thing I miss about being younger, is being able to see the world and people with innocenct eyes. It really is true, that ignorance is bliss. But, maybe there is some advantage to my new found cynical outlook? Maturity has some advantages, surely?
Mel! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 11:08 AM   #8
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 863
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Kroll View Post
Maybe a better way to phrase it is "Life doesn't end at 40."
Ha! Yeah! I remember being amazed that life still held surprises for me, after I was 30. I thought, now that I reached 30, life is going to go on the same for many years. Within the following 5 years, it was like somebody turned my life upside down and shock it, and then it fell back together in a completely different way. :)
Mel! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 11:35 AM   #9
Half Baked
 
4meandthem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bay Area California
Posts: 2,018
For me my twenties were a blast even though I didn't have a pot to piss in. No cares or worries!

My thirties was all about being married and trying to conquer the world.
(I came close to the later-I thought)

My forties are all about raising my kids and trying to keep heathy so I can see them grow up. I agree with the not caring about what others think of you anymore and being comfortable with yourself and who you are.
__________________
Just be yourself! Everyone else is taken.

My Flickr stuff!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e_maxwell_photography/
4meandthem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 11:48 AM   #10
Certified Cake Maniac
 
LPBeier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Great "Wet" North, Surrey, BC
Posts: 18,951
I guess I would have to say for me life doesn't "begin", but every challenge and accomplishment I get through I am stronger. My paternal grandmother died at 72 of breast cancer and heart complications. Her life motto was "you are as young as you feel". Right up to the day she died my grandmother was young. We did some amazing things together!

For me, at 40 I was in an extremely abusive marriage, I was battling a couple of different types of depression, was trying to stay one step ahead of the creditors but was on a government handicap pension and only able to work for an extra $100 a month. I think I would have loved my life to end (the life I was living, not necessarily life itself).

Since then I got out of the marriage, married someone I had known for years as a friend, battled osteoarthritis and other new challenges, survived and graduated from culinary school (45), work for a caterer and then catered on my own for five years, looked after my Dad and despite everything going on have never felt better in my life (I am 53).
__________________

__________________
Living gluten/dairy/sugar/fat/caffiene-free and loving it!


http://beinglydia.com
LPBeier is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.