Top Ten List of Reasons Why Women Should Embrace Being in Their 40’s

I’ve been thinking about this list for a while now (approximately two years, five months and twenty seven days…) But in honor of my good friend, Diane’s birthday last weekend, I thought I’d post it here.

#10 You can set aside all of those unrealistic expectations about looking perfect. Because if it hasn’t happened by now…

#9 If you want to buy an embarrassing YA novel or boy band CD out in public, people will assume it’s for your daughter.

#8 You can lord your “older and wiser” status over all of your friends who are still in their 30s.

#7 After more than two decades,  you (hopefully) have the maturity and experience to understand all of that advice older people gave you in high school AND apply it to your current life (because no matter how old you are, everything ends up being just like high school).

#6  You can try to get out of speeding tickets by flirting OR playing the “sweet older lady” card. Options! (Full disclosure: neither has ever actually worked for me…)

#5 People are 100% more impressed by the challenges you take on now than they were when you were in your 20s – like training for marathons or making it to midnight on New Years Eve.

#4 You can blame everything on perimenopause.

#3 It’s likely that you’ve finally perfected a southern accent (and if you are from the south, it’s likely that you’ve finally perfected your southern accent). What? Doesn’t everyone like speaking in a southern accent? Okay – maybe that one is just me…

(take two) #3 It’s likely that you’ve finally stopped obsessing over the number you see on the scale every morning (of course, this is because you’re too busy counting new wrinkles…)

#2 You no longer have to be offended when people call you ma’am because COME ON.

#1 When you are in your 50s, you’ll think this was young.

Feel free to add any other perks in comments!

6 thoughts on “Top Ten List of Reasons Why Women Should Embrace Being in Their 40’s

  1. Lisa

    I personally love being in my 40’s (minus the spots and wrinkles, and I wouldn’t mind a return of my 20-something boobs, but whatev…the rest of it is pretty fabulous). I wrote a list, too, when I turned 40 (a couple of years ago already…jeez…). It definitely seems to be an age for taking inventory:
    http://mydailypresents.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/turning-40/

    RE: #6, I got out of a ticket or two as a younger girl, but sadly I don’t think that works anymore…maybe I will just take that as a compliment that I am not yet an old lady, but also put it on the list of things to look forward to later :)
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