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Trivialities in Life Series #1: Proof and other evidences that life really begins at 40

Updated on July 30, 2011

Life is full of surprises. We never know what will become of us once we reaches the age of forty.

I turned forty this year 2011. If I'll go back to my teenage years where my pursuit for knowledge was at its highlights, I am reassuring myself that I can still double such feat even if I'm forty.

Many popular persons in world history proved that being forty is not a hindrance to accomplish something bigger than their lives.

I can vouch that being forty is the new twenty in my lifetime. My other friends are also accomplishing enormous achievements as they reached the age of 40.

There are plenty of time to reinvent ourselves and become successful in the future.

Life @ 40 (Painted by Travel Man)
Life @ 40 (Painted by Travel Man)

To be 40

Don't be surprised if you're familiar when the following persons who permanently changed the course of human history because of their outstanding achievements.

  1. Howard Florey - was exactly 40 when he was working out on hot to mass-produce penicillin.
  2. Jonas Salk - devised the vaccine against polio.
  3. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, with Edmund Hillary, was at his fortieth year when he became the first to stand on the summit of Mount Everest.
  4. Marcus Aurelius - an emperor, gained control of the Roman Empire in A.D. 161 when he was forty.
  5. Ferdinand Magellan - discovered and named the Pacific Ocean after celebrating his fortieth birthday while en route to Cape Horn.
  6. William Fox Talbot - helped invent photography when he was forty.
  7. Michael Faraday - invented the electric generator at the age of 40.
  8. Enrico Fermi - was working on the first sustained, controlled nuclear chain reaction when he got the idea at the squash court in Chicago at the age of 40.
  9. Winston Churchill - after resigning from the British War Cabinet in 1915 over the fiasco in the Dardanelles went on to fight and win a second world war at the age of 40.
  10. Henry Ford - became immensely rich while founding the Ford Motor Company until he reached 40.
  11. Aristotle Onassis - bought his first fleet of war-surplus ships at 40 and became a shipping magnate.
  12. Thomas Carlyle - had written his greatest work, The French Revolution by the time he was 40. A freak incident forced him to rewrite it again when his servant used it for lighting the fire at his fireplace.
  13. James Joyce - finished Ulysses by the age of 40 and became famous because of his work.
  14. Friedrich Nietzsche - created his own school of philosophy through his writing Thus Spake Zarathustra when he was 40.

Life Begins At Forty - Dave & The Dynamos (1983) c/o NZSachse

Top 40s in Music

In don't know why they associated the number 40 in many music countdowns, music lists.

When I was on the radio working both as disk jockey and news writer, I don't know how radio moguls associated the said figures in making music selections for the countdown.

There's already a daily Top 10, a weekly Top 20 and the long list of having countdown for the week, Top 40.

Possible reasons:

  1. to have a feel good impressions on the artists and songwriters as well
  2. a two-hour presentation will satisfy radio listeners
  3. to fill up the boredom during Sundays as every staff on the radio are having their family day-off
  4. just a music strategy to sell records

While searching for the reasons as to why this music-playing format is added, I opened my Radio Conundrum book and early radio programmers reasoned that they can easily distinguish the music trend for the young and adult listeners.

Okay, if that's the case, radio airplay will usually base the selling capacity of a song based from the countdown at the music stores. Furthermore, many competing singers, musician and songwriters will know how their interpretations, records and produced albums fare in the market.

Challenges at 40

I should be proud of myself for reaching this age. It's a reinvention period for most of the young adults, since there will be another 20 years more to be called a 'dual citizen' in a jest for being an elderly or senior citizen.

Those popular persons accomplishing tremendous works in science, politics, literary and related areas serve as inspiration to this hubber.

I've been thinking on reviving my aspiration to be an:

  • inventor
  • songwriter
  • painter
  • teacher
  • author

or just be a jack of all trades, master of some.

Really, we have a lot to reconsider as we reach the age of forty. I observed that some forty-something local businessmen went back to school to finish their degrees, thesis and all.

Traits on accomplishing something BIG when your age is 40 are:

  • patience - lots and lots of it;
  • perseverance - or you can call it resiliency;
  • talents - whatever knowledge or ideas that are stored in your brain, use it wisely!

At this age, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You have to go out, seek opportunities that will come your way, strive and aspire for excellence. You can do it it you'll surpass your personal best.

Others have already succeed, why can't I and so do you?


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Arian Rey: Yes, some 40ish can't find that elusive success. Yet, everyone can achieve it if all will have a positive outlook to cling on the brighter side of life.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Eiddwen: Thanks for being one of those who don't doubt the facts being bared on this hub. As for me, being 40 is something to be thankful for because I've been given a chance to prove my worth.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Dexter Yarbrough: Thanks for dropping by. Most of the biggest accomplishments of famous persons began at 40. I hope I can also live up to this kind of trend in life's successes and triumphs.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Romano Arnesto: And to think, the guy (singer) had been nabbed by the boyfriend of the lady. Better be careful when having a night out in the disco club. Things may not go as you planned. Been laughing at the video, too! (LOL!)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: My wishes of luck and perseverance for you. Success is always coupled with 'don't-quit motto'. So, I hope you'll live up with it. Go, fight, win!!!

    • Arian Rey profile image

      Arian Rey 

      7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      Age 40 is something we should cherish. Some even suffered enough before reaching this age without reaping success.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Life did indeed begin for me at 40ish so yes I give this one and up without a doubt.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Take care


    • Romano Arnesto profile image

      Romano Arnesto 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Loved the video. I can't stop laughing, and dancing, too!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Great hub. Life does begin at forty.

    • earthbound1974 profile image


      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I'm nearing forty, four years from now. I hope huge success comes before that year.

      Best of luck, travel man!


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