|A big smooch from me! Image from here.|
I met him when he was just 25. He has gotten 15 years older, gained and lost 10 kilos and grown an inch in the time that I have known him. I have loved him through all of it.
He has been spruiking about how his is totally cool with turning 40. Being forty means he no longer cares what others think of him, he says. He has come to terms with the fact that he can't flirt anymore because he will be perceived as a sleazy, old man (I may have pointed that out to him). And he can finally admit to liking country music without being accused of being a grandpa (by me who has been finding the TV channel stuck on the country music station for some time while he is up late 'working').
Here are a few things that I have noticed about my husband as he has approached this milestone.
Like many men in their forties, hair grows in all sorts of places that isn't his head. In fact, his head has become the least likely place to see a hair on his body. All my wisecracks about 'human carpets' in my youth have come to haunt me!
Grey is the new black.
The Geege is marrying the mid-life crisis with the peak of his endurance running and doing the North Face 100 ultra-marathon in May. Just because he can. Just because he is not an old man. Right? All the training should at least help stave off the black dog that statistically likes to come calling as people reach 40 (but do precious little for my mental health!). And, let's face it. It is much more environmentally and financially friendly than a red porsche.
He doesn't get all the stuff about social networking all those young folk go on about. There is no need for him to join Facebook or LinkedIn and enter the 21st Century, he says. He knows who his friends are. And he loves them. Almost as much as he loves his clan.
He is a wise, generous and handsome man. In the last decade, we have gotten married, travelled the world, had four kids, started two businesses, and bought a house. Time will only tell what the next 10 years will bring for the Geege, but I am excited to be in the passenger seat.
Have the happiest birthday love. Life begins at 40.
Have you hit 40 yet? Any tips for the Geege?