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Prime Time -- Transitioning from Thirties to Forties

Updated on May 15, 2009

As the old saying goes, "If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself." Obviously, then, in order to live a rich life in your forties and beyond, the number one key is to take your good health seriously. Which one is better: wealth without health or health without wealth?

Why not have both? By the time you hit the late thirties and going into your forties, it is time to take stock in what you have accomplished in both categories so far and where you are going with it. After having spent the last twenty years with thirty extra pounds, I lost weight in my late forties. Of course, I was proud that I had finally done it, but I spent more time wishing I had done it much, much sooner than I did than being proud that I had finally accomplished it. I felt good and I looked good, but not as good as I would have looked in my early forties. Not only that, but the skin starts to lose its elasticity, so if you have goals to lose it, time's a wastin'!

As you enter your forties, it is also time to take stock in other areas in which you may be sabotaging your own health. I didn't do this, which is why I feel qualified to tell others to do it. What can you do to ensure your own health? I have been the classic case of doing it all wrong: junk food, little to no exercise, smoking, too little sleep and the list goes on. Of course, in my forties, my health has suffered for it. Don't let that happen to you.

In the current economic times, creating wealth is as uncertain as maintaining good health through your middle years. One thing that I probably have always done right is that I have been true to myself in my work life. I have always enjoyed my work or I moved in a different direction. True, that didn't make me rich, but it made me happy. Rarely in my life have I said, "I wish I didn't have to work today." If it did, I moved on to something else. As a result, I have a wide variety of work skills on my current resume.

Not everyone feels they have that luxury to be able to move on to a different career. In particular, people who have great benefits such as paid health insurance usually hang on to jobs that they aren't happy in. Many people still have children at home. With today's tight job market, most people feel lucky to have one at all. However, that doesn't mean that you cannot take the steps today to change direction in the future.

If anything comes out of this current economic downturn, it should be for people to see that the security of a job, current health benefits and future retirement benefits can be ephemeral. My uncle, a retired general foreman from Chrysler, is very worried about his current retirement check and benefits. Years ago, people had the luxury of believing that 30 years of hard work for the same company gave you a secure future in your old age. Today, you just cannot count on that. There are no guarantees in life based on the promises of others. You have to make those guarantees for yourself.

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Go Back To School

Are you really doing what you want to in your career? If not, consider going back to school to change that. My brother-in-law not only put himself through a four year school while working full time, he has now decided to go on to law school. He turned forty a few days ago. Many people feel, by the time they are hitting their forties, that higher education has passed them by. If that is the case for you, you are going to be surprised when you arrive for the first day of class. You won't be alone.

Additional education also does not have to end with a degree. Many community colleges offer individual classes that will help you gain the new skills needed to change direction. Learning how to design web pages, for instance, only takes a few classes.

Start A New Business


Many people, after losing a job or another life changing event, have ended up starting small businesses that was successful beyond their wildest dreams. One that comes to mind is the woman, Julie Aigner-Clark, created the Baby Einstein videos in her basement using borrowed video equipment. She ended up selling the idea to Walt Disney. Of course, her future is secure.

There are many success stories out there, but do we need to be wildly successful or just able to steer our own destiny? Many others have come up with business ideas that enable them to enjoy life now, not waiting for some imaginary future retirement date to do it. What if that day never comes?

As you go into middle age and beyond, what you ultimately have to decide is: What is wealth? I don't really think wealth is money. If it were, I probably would have a lot more of it. Wealth is personal happiness. Many people believe that true happiness cannot be achieved, but it can. Happiness is a sense of well-being created by being true to ourselves. Wealth is the luxury of doing what we love, whatever that is. Wealth is the richness of our lives.


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      Connie Smith 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      My forties flew by, Phillip. I'm trying to slow down for my fifties and enjoy just being I am in no great hurry to get to the sixties, that is for sure. Fortunately, I have a long way to go. Thanks for the comment.

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      phillip goodson 7 years ago

      Great hub Connie, I'm a few months away from 40 and have just started thinking about most of the things you wrote here. My 30's just flew by!!!

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      Connie Smith 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks, Doc. I really just wish we could actually reach young people, those who have their youth, their health and their very lives before them. When I look back at pictures of myself, I see an attractive young woman that I never ever saw way back then. Youth is so fleeting. Young people have no idea how fast time flies.

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      Yes of course forty is not the end of life , its a prime time of life , i enjoyed reading this post .

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      Connie Smith 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks! I actually just started going back to school myself, at the ripe old age of 51. I am not sure where I am going with this, but doing it mostly for the writing classes. Unfortunately, pre-algebra goes along with it, but I am taking one writing class this semester: technical writing.

      As for the other, after having health problems last year, I need to lose that weight all over again. I did keep it off for over 2 years, but a regimen of steroids has done me in. When things calm down, I'm hoping to get back in shape one more time. I really miss it.

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      eatingright 7 years ago

      What a lovely article. Thanks for sharing those tips. Agree with you absolutely - Wealth is the luxury of doing what we love, whatever that is. And I love the idea of going back to school.

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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks for the congratulations on the dieting, JamaGenee. You must not have seen my newest hub where I am now dieting again lol. I didn't gain 30 lbs back (thank God), but I also am not where I want to be. I am petite and any weight gain at all affects me. Okay, can someone write one for transitioning to fifties, please? I really need to read that one!

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Great advice, and what a positive attitude! Forty isn't the end of life, as many seem to think, only a different phase that can be very exciting. Congratulations on losing the 30 lbs!

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      Connie Smith 9 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks Jen. I do hope to enjoy myself. I can use a little relaxation after taking care of my grandbabies (1, 2 & 3) so I am looking forward mostly to quiet time....I'm trying to write. I think I've written 4 in two days and working on #5, so not bad and I've doubled my hubs since I only had 4 going in.

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      Jen's Solitude 9 years ago from Delaware

      Great news Connie. On a selfish note great news for me that you'll be writing more, (smile) but also great news that you get to go home for vacation. Enjoy yourself.

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      Connie Smith 9 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thank you, Krisvia. What a nice comment. My goal as a writer is to give people something to think about. About the challenge....I don't want to sign up if I can't complete it. Still, I am doing my own personal challenge, which is to write as many as I can while, hopefully, maintaining quality and substance in my work. BTW, I am going to Daytona....and then over to Clearwater. I can't wait. It has been a long time since I've been home -- and that is home to me.

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      Krisvia 9 years ago

      Well, you've done it again, given everyone something to think about. Health & Wealth. I would rather have HEALTH. Take the challenge girl. You can do it!! Going on vacation, what, coming to see me? YEAH !!!! I'll leave the light on.

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      Connie Smith 9 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Thanks, Jen. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I am trying to do the 30 Hub Challenge without actually signing up for it...I'm going on vacation so may not be able to finish it. Still, it is a good incentive to try harder to write more, which helps with writing skills.

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      Jen's Solitude 9 years ago from Delaware

      Thumbs up Connie, and congrats on the weight loss. :)


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