Contrary to what many women think based on unfounded fears, mid-life is actually the time to celebrate and not a period of going through depression. Forget about the mid-life crisis that has always been exaggerated, majority of people in their 40s are many times happier than they were in their 30s or 20s. A study by the University of Alberta confirms that majority of 40-somethings are actually celebrating mid-life because they now find many reasons to do so. Previously, things may have been different especially for women as they were often sidelined despite their valuable experiences and knowledge.
By 40 you have already fully become aware of who you are and are more responsible to make wise decisions. At this age you can take any challenge, fully aware of the fact that if you can’t do it now then you probably won’t do it later. At your mid-life, you have the perfect opportunity to appreciate yourself, family, work, friends and relationships. You should now be able to clearly identify the priorities you should fully commit yourself to in order to realize your dreams. For most of us women, we would even be happier getting healthier, physically fit and looking good. You can afford to recommit yourself on growing your achievements in these areas. Mid-life celebration is about keeping your dreams alive and doing what makes you happier, so don’t be holding back to regret or lament on things you still have an opportunity to accomplish.
Family and work
At your forties, chances are that you have fully settled down into family life. Assuming you entered into marriage about a decade ago, you have overcome the most turbulent times and from now on things are calm. If you haven’t entered into a divorce by now, you are not likely going to have that experience. Instead, you have learned to appreciate your partner and children better than before. Even before hitting 40, chances are that you have already achieved a healthier work-life balance and probably get paid better for your experience. Maybe you quit a job that denied you happiness and started your own business to secure your financial future. If things are much lighter and you enjoy such benefits, treating your loved ones to vacations or just spending more time doing any stuff you like with them can only make your mid-life a period of celebrations and happiness.
Friends and relationships
Your social network by 40 must only be remaining with the most genuine kind of friends. Only the closest of your friends are worth your time and you shouldn’t mind what everyone else thinks about you. The ability to better prioritize your relationships will make your life much easier with less distractions. At 40 you don’t want to jump onto every invitation you get because you know your priorities.
Health and fitness
When you were your in your twenties or early thirties, you could easily ignore some healthy lifestyle choices. But by 40 you already appreciate such choices and that makes you happier. Now you don’t exercise against your will and don’t find it fun to experience prolonged hangovers. Your health and fitness choices are more deliberate because you know the benefits you reap are worth celebrating. At 40, you are also more likely to find it easier investing in more decent makeup and skincare products that make you look good.
Times have changed and mid-life for women is obviously not what it used to be. Mid-life celebration is the new reality you should experience as a woman. As long as you appreciate your sense of awareness and worthiness, the choices you make at 40 will greatly contribute towards your happiness more than ever before.