Life In My Forties — 5 Fun Things I’d Never Done Before

It’s Never Too Late!

Claire McGregor


Photo by Sorina Bindea on Unsplash

Lately, I’ve been pondering what life in my forties means and how I’ve changed since I hit that milestone. It’s a common catchphrase that 60 is the new 40. It’s true that people are living longer, and so what would have been considered “old” a couple of decades ago is different now. When I was ten, people in their forties seemed ancient, but in all fairness, they dressed older. Do I remember it wrong, or do people dress younger for longer now? Whatever the truth, now I’m there, I do not feel old at all, and I feel like I have a lot of my life left to live and a lot to do.

I believe I’ve changed for the better in many ways and have had the courage to do things I wouldn’t have before. The following five changes may seem minor to you, but they’re huge for me.

I Got A Tattoo

I wasn’t scared to get a tattoo before; I just wasn’t interested. Also, when I was younger, I couldn’t imagine any design I wouldn’t get sick of seeing eventually. I haven’t consciously changed my way of thinking, but somehow, it seems less of an issue now.

I also spent a bit of time doing some soul searching. I felt very ordinary, dull even. That there was nothing that made me different from anyone else. I mean physically different. I had mid-brown hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. I looked very generic. I don’t mean to suggest this is a bad thing, but I realised it was not what I wanted.

So my sister and I decided that as our 40th birthdays were only a year apart, I would get my first tattoo, and she would get her third. They weren’t matching (that is so not who we are!), but they had some common elements and colours. I love my tattoo and smile whenever I look at it.

It’s Pretty, Isn’t It? Photo Provided by Author

I Coloured My Hair

No, I don’t mean “traditional” hair colour. I didn’t wait for life in my forties to do that. I mean bright, unusual, and eye-catching colours. So I dyed my hair pink and purple. It took forever and cost almost as much as the tattoo, but it was worth it. Having my hair in these colours…



Claire McGregor

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