The first few decades of a person’s life tend to follow a somewhat predictable pattern. As a child, the world is an endless source of wonder. In your teens, you’re figuring out why you’re going to become. In your 20s, you’re pursuing your passions. And by the time you’re in your 30s, you’re finally getting the hang of this whole adult thing. However, by the time 40 rolls around, many people find themselves suddenly terrified of what’s to come.
As philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary.” And while hitting 40 can’t be all sunshine and roses, it’s hardly the end of the world, either. Before you start fearing what’s ahead of you, discover these things that nobody tells you about turning 40.