I have been wandering around ineffective for the past years. Not being aware what I must be doing at present. What may be wrong or right, I really do not know. We have our personal ups and downs each day and some prefer to live, just what the day is all about. While others are aiming for the higher one, but others, just live to survive.
In year 1932, An American psychologist advertised a book entitled “Life Begins at Forty”, and Pitkin says with confidence: “Life begins at 40. This is the innovative outcome of the New Era. Now, it will be half the truth and tomorrow it will just be a proverb. Pitkin is frequently credited with creating the expression and, though it is real that his famous book was the reason of it becomes a piece of a saying, he was not the foremost to state the thoughts, or even the idiom itself. The adaptation of the thought was so rapid and the “life begins at 40” idea appears numerous times in newspapers and in some other printed reports from 1932 and onwards. This was pushed further into the American awareness in 1937 through a documentation of the song 'Life begins at 40’, by Sophie Tucker.
We have to go back to find the source of the phrase. The great German philosopher in the 19th century had come close to this idea with his sight: "The initial 40 years of life provide us the text: the following 30 years supplies the commentary." The primary indication of life starting at 40 refers particularly to women. "The standard women did not know how to walk, sit, stand or breathe. Now I want the ladies to be trained for some special duties that may devolve them during wartime. Passing away usually starts at 30, that is, declining of the muscle cells. Attention to exercise and diet would enable women and men to be alive, a great deal extensive than they are now. The finest part of a lady's life started at 40."
We were told and trained to dream big and work hard. We are told to make our dreams happen. For some, they wish their dreams to be seen, but unfortunately, it did not end on the path that they wanted their dreams to be. Now, though we are in our 40’s, we still don’t need to rush things. We have to slow down, but not that slow and believe that we are better each day. Life anticipation is going on and it moves on, and it seem 40 is not the age at all. Like the belief in the New York Times of 1991, where they published that “All the age benchmarks that used to be solid as stones, have twisted into the shifting sands. Now “Life begins at 40 seems more likely to say at 60”. We still have a long way to go…