Naughty at 40. 40s is the new 20s. I have heard many things about turning 40. Turning 40 is considered a milestone. I fail to understand the reason. A friend of mine had marked 40 as the age before which he should earn his first million. He cruised past this line a few years back. Till date, I am not sure if realized his dream or not and I am to shy to ask him. When I approached 40, I had no grand dreams. I am thankful to sail past the line.
Did life offer anything special since turning 40? Yes, it did. An experience. Was it an eye-opening or a shocking one? That is a question difficult to answer. Recently when I was looking for a new assignment, I encountered a series of "No". It was disappointing. I have never seen so many closed doors one after the other in my life before. Every opportunity starts out very well and at some point, it fizzles out. Either I didn't have any relevant experience or I had too much of experience. While I was recounting this experience to a friend, the response was immediate. "Your are over 40. Nobody will take people like you!". To be honest, my face convulsed in pain when I heard it.
Turning 40 has not slowed my mind although it has slowed my body a bit. Should I stop trying because I am 40? As long as my mind is young, nothing should stop me. In case you doubt me, your brain can grown under the right stimulation. Read through the article on how taxi drivers' brains grow to navigate London's streets! If this isn't enough, have you heard about Carol Dweck's study of fixed mindset and growth mindset. It is all in your head!
I refuse to believe a story ends without a happy ending. I eventually found a new assignment. I am one of the youngest in the new group at present. Though, I will not remain the youngest for long.Tags: Musings,40,Brain,Mindset