Nothing to Prove: On Being a 40-Year-Old Man

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About Kendall Ruth

Kendall Ruth is a Writer and Photographer in Boulder, CO. Plenty of years of his writing is at The Ink and at Curator Magazine while his photography is at Kendallruth.com. You can also follow along at @iamkendall.

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  1. wellokaythen says:

    I’m 43, and this article really resonated with me.

    For me and a lot of men of my generation, hitting 40 was not a very big milestone when it happened, because the really big life crisis happened BEFORE we hit 40, worrying about what it would be like to be in our forties. For a lot of men, if they have a “turning 40 crisis” it actually hits at 37 or 38, not at 40.

    By the time I turned 40, I had gone through so much anxiety and soul-searching about my life, my mortality, etc, that by the time my 40th birthday came around I had already done all of that homework. As far as being forced to come to terms with getting older, the worst year of my life was when I was 38. I hardly noticed turning 40 when it came.

  2. Randy Williams says:

    Awwwww….turning 40? I have underwear older than that! I turned 62 this summer and have slowed down a little, but I’ve learned to pace myself, get plenty of sleep, take a multivitamin and at 58, took up the classical piano after a 40 year hiatus. At 40, I worked in nightclubs and was in super shape and dated 20 somethings who chased me! Enjoy everyday, live life to the fullest for no one is guaranteed tomorrow at any age.

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