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Today's my 41st birthday, some reflections on life.

Today’s my birthday, I’m 41 years old. Here are some reflections.

When I was younger I heard that life begins at 40. I couldn’t imagine that. You’re old and out of touch. When I was a teen, my Dad was in his 40’s! Well now that I’m here, I’ve been 40 for a year and I must admit that being 40 is something to look forward to.

Here’s some thoughts, take them or leave them, or just write them off as the ramblings of an old (er) man.

When you are in your teens, no one takes you seriously, you don’t know anything, you don’t own anything and you have no idea what you are going to do with your life. You are more worried about what you are going to do this weekend.

When you are in your early 20’s, you have some education, hopefully, and you think you know everything but don’t have the wisdom to realize you still don’t know anything. You still don’t own anything and the older people still think of you as a kid and the kids think of you as old. But you do have an idea of what you are going to do with your life.

When you are 30 you are finally truly an adult, people take you seriously. Store clerks are calling you "Sir" and Relatives feel comfortable telling you dirty jokes. You finally own some stuff but you have acquired it by borrowing against your future income so you are working for the bills. You know some stuff and you first realize that you didn’t know anything when you were in your 20’s. But you do have some life experience under your belt; the, “been-there-done-that-won’t-do-it-again” type of stuff. You’re mid-career and starting to think seriously about retirement issues. If you’re going to career change you have to do it now, but you are going to compete against people in their early 20’s who still think $100 more a month is worth more than a pension plan.

Then 40 hits and now you are somebody. You have knowledge and experience and the wisdom to realize you still don’t have enough of either. You’ve been in your job long enough that you are considered an expert in your field and you are respected by people both younger and older than yourself. All of your bills are in order and you’ve got enough money that you can afford all the toys you wanted when you were in your teens. Wow! I guess my whole life has led up to this moment!

Now that I am in my 40’s, I’ve heard some of the older guys say that life begins at 60. Well I guess I’ll just have to see about that!

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well, as far as I´ve lived, you got it right

so I´ll have to trust you on the 30s and 40s part

happy birthday, Pete

you´re a good guy, keep it like that :wink:

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Re: Today's my 41st birthday, some reflections on life.

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Today’s my birthday, I’m 41 years old. Here are some reflections.

Here’s some thoughts, take them or leave them, or just write them off as the ramblings of an old (er) man.
Happy B-Day...old man....just kidding !

Hope you have a fantastic day !

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Now you are OLD !!!

Happy B-day. Too lazy to read all that other stuff you posted though :P
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Now you are OLD !!!
I know I'm old, I never figured I'd even live this long. The strange thing is, I don't FEEL any different now than I did when I was 20. I've never in my life had any real health issues so I guess in that regard I've been pretty lucky.

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Wow that was a great post! As someone with a couple more years on you...you seem to have it right. I'm in my mid-forties and am finding that my mind and body don't always see things the same way. My mind still thinks I can do it......but my body doesn't always cooperate. Let me tell ya that is a real eye-opener! When I was 42 I was in the best shape of my life, lifting weights, running, being as active as I could be. For a 200+ pounder (not a body-builder...just fit) I surprised many younger guys. Just for fun one Saturday I ran 18 miles just to see if I could do it. I was doing hundres of push-ups every other day, squating well over my body weight for reps.....heck....I even impressed myself sometimes. Then I met a wonderful woman who loved me no matter what. So I backed the workouts down to a trickle, ate wonderful/terrible food, enjoyed life in a whole new way. Needless to say what took years to gain only took months to lose. I'm now a bit chubby, tired a lot more, have to watch out for certain foods, don't like the cold weather, and am becoming an "old-timer" at work. I believe life does begin at 40....just don't stop livin' it! There is a price to pay for being active....but the rewards are sooooo much more !! So find a good compromise of activity and comfort....and stay with it. Happy Birthday....be glad with what you have....be proud of yourself....it's just beginning...!!
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Thanks all for the best wishes. I really enjoy all my friends here.

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Thanks for the advice. It's always a woman that's the undoing isn't it? Just kidding. My wife is 10 years younger than me and she's active also so she'll keep me in shape. I've never been one for "working out", always saw it as non-productive. Why push on some stupid weights in a windowless room when you can be outside and push on a wrench or swing a hammer or axe and get something done? But I guess that's just the Downeast Yankee in me (I can hear my buddy's Dad right now, "You boys want to lift some weight? Well come along, I got a whole pile 'o logs that need movin'.") I'm an active guy and always have my hands into something. But like you said about finding a compromise with activity and comfort, I do have my wind-down days where my only plan is to sit on the couch and watch TV all day.

But yeah, I've been in my 40's for a year now and I think it's the best age to be.

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Happy Birthday.

I hope someday to be as old as you. Nay. I will be young forever.

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A little late...

Happy B-Day :wink:


Nice text too
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Happy birthday and many more man! 8)
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oh crap, its not your birthday anymore ... sorry I missed it pete ...


Happy Belated Birthday!!


he he :green:


You're right though pete ... Im in my early twenties and I DO know everything!! Must be some kind of psychic :wink:
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Pete, Happy birthday to a man with great understanding and self awareness. Cheers
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You're right though pete ... Im in my early twenties and I DO know everything!! Must be some kind of psychic :wink:
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

that was just too nice

I have to agree: I´m 20, and I also know everything!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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You're right though pete ... Im in my early twenties and I DO know everything!! Must be some kind of psychic :wink:
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

that was just too nice

I have to agree: I´m 20, and I also know everything!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
To both of you,
Enjoy the innocence of youth. When I was in my twenties I knew everything also. I think the day you become an adult is the day when you wake up and realize you don't know shit and you have the confidence to not be afraid to admit it.

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well Pete, I´ll be honest with you: I don´t know everything

I know, it´s quite shocking!!

but let me explain:

I don´t know how to make money. I´m still in college, and I´m working for the first time this week.

Now I began to learn how to make money.

Give me a few years, let´s see how far I can go

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Give me a few years, let´s see how far I can go
You've got a good head on your shoulders and a good attitude. I'm sure you'll go far!!

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well Pete, I´ll be honest with you: I don´t know everything

I know, it´s quite shocking!!

but let me explain:

I dont have a problem not knowing things. Many people cant stand being wrong (a lack of humility is a HUGE pet peve of mine ... drives me nuts), and I really dont mind being wrong or simply out of the loop (so to speak). My problem with knowledge is facing the reality there is so much I dont know. That statement then begs the question ... do I know what I should know?

Thats when it really hits hard ... what if I dont know what I should know ... thats a hard pill to swallow if you're not prepared for it.

We can only hope that we're prepared for the future.

Ugh, now Im all neged out ... look what you did Pete!!

Just kidding . :wink:
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