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However, I can't help but ponder, what is the 'this' that makes 'this' 40?
What distinguishes me as a forty-year-old woman from my twenty or thirty year old self?
metabolism slows down, bone and muscle mass decrease, fertility (and libido) crash, and skin starts to lose its tone. It is therefore not surprising that 44 is the age when women are most likely to seek cosmetic surgery.
This is all well and good, but can 40 really be defined by demographic data and physiological phenomena?
Most of all, at 40, they accept that nothing in life is permanent and change is inevitable.
Purpose: Forty is all about balancing family and career (and I use these terms broadly), which provides a sense of purpose to ones life.
But despite these differences, I was struck by common characteristics that we all shared which were not present at high school, and it is these that I feel are the essence of being 40: Confidence: Forty-year-old women may not be immune to worry or anxiety but they are less insecure than their younger counterparts.
They are comfortable with who they are and no longer compare themselves to others.
From the perspective of the millennials, a 40-year-old woman brings to mind a desperate housewife trying to cling on to their youth.So what's the perspective of the 40-year-old woman, no longer looking into the distant future and without the benefit of hindsight?Earlier this year I was fortunate to meet up with my wonderful group of school friends to celebrate our collective 40th birthdays. We laughed, we cried, we exclaimed loudly in response to each other's tales.They are certain of their likes and dislikes and this is reflected in their choice of clothes, food, travel and entertainment.They are sincere in their comments and compliments.