40 Things Every Person Should Know By Age 40


“Life really does begin at 40. Up until then, you are just doing research.” – Carl Jung As the “generations” evolve, so does the experience of “growing up.” For example, the “Greatest Generation” had it different than the “Baby Boomers”, who (certainly) have experienced life differently than millennials. No offense, young ones. Generational differences aside, the accumulation of “life knowledge”– at least to an extent – depends on involuntary factors (e.g. sex and type of upbringing). In creating this list, we’ve taken these things into account.

Are there things that everyone “should know” by age 40? This question is very subjective. 40 years is a long time (at least in human years), and many of us have very likely gained life experiences and knowledge that are applicable to other 40-somethings. In other words, it is highly probable that many in this demographic have a shared understanding – at least at a basic level – of “how the world works.” So, we’re going to list 40 things everyone ‘should’ know by age 40? Why 40 things? We’ll let you try and figure that one out.

It is important to understand that this article, as with many we publish, are intended to be fun, humorous…and, maybe, a bit insightful. Some of these may apply to you, some (most likely) will not. We just want you to have fun, laugh a bit, and maybe (maybe) take away something else.



1. Weekend benders are ALWAYS a bad idea 2. Nothing beats a good night’s sleep 3. One’s “career path” can include multiple forks in the road 4. Having your own den/mancave/hideout is irreplaceable 5. Your social circle has become smaller and smaller – and for the better

6. A night alone or with a significant other beats “hitting the town” almost every time 7. You’ve had at least one great love that took some time to get over 8. To have kids or to not have kids? Odds are, you know the answer by now 9. To have a pet or not have a pet? Same thing…it’s either your “thing” or not 10. You’ve experienced at least one tragedy, unfortunately 11. You’ve ate something completely strange…and now love it 12. You’ve fought for something bigger than yourself…by donating money, giving time, etc. 13. Singing karaoke is enough to induce a panic attack if sober 14. Singing karaoke can be a blast (or at least tolerable) when you’ve “had a few” 15. Fashion sense matters as much as the color of your toilet’s lid 16. You’ve (hopefully) realized the inevitability of death – and seek to live to the fullest 17. If you’re not a “people person,” you’ll (probably) never be one 18. Fatty foods seem to have an immediate bloating effect 19. Exercise is a wonderful antidote to just about anything 20. A good read is a wonderful antidote to just about anything CLICK NEXT PAGE BELOW TO CONTINUE READING …

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