16 Things We Thought Would Happen When We Turned 40 but Didn’t

Life is full of surprises, and turning 40 is no exception. In this post, we’re taking a look at 16 things we thought would happen by the time we turned 40 but didn’t.

Eternal Wisdom

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Suddenly, all life’s mysteries would unfold, right? As we bid our thirties goodbye, we hoped to unlock the universe’s secrets. Apparently, wisdom isn’t an automatic “level-up” at 40. Questions like “Why are socks always missing a pair?” are still as baffling as ever.

Learning to Like Olives

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Remember when we thought we’d develop a sophisticated palate for olives once we hit middle age? But no, they’re still those weird, wrinkly green things that we unapologetically pick off our pizza.

Becoming Morning People

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We fantasized about greeting the sunrise with a peaceful smile, fully rested, and ready for a new day. Reality check: sunrise is still that annoying time when the alarm clock starts squawking.

Our Kids Thinking We’re Cool

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There’s no way around it, our offspring will always find us lame. We thought 40 would make us cool, trend-setting parents. Instead, we’re just “old” with questionable taste in music.

Wearing Sensible Shoes Every Day

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On the day we hit 40, we really believed we’d trade our fabulous stilettos for orthopedic flats. Guess what? Our shoe rack is still a testament to fashion over comfort!

Having a Flawless Garden

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We assumed age would gift us green thumbs. But guess what, plants are still that thing we forget to water and our garden is no Chelsea Flower Show contestant.

Preferring Coffee Over Cocktails

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We were convinced that turning 40 would flip a switch, replacing our love for cocktails with a fondness for coffee. But hey, an espresso martini combines the best of both worlds!

Going to Bed at 8 PM

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The older we get, the earlier bedtime is, right? We imagined a life of snoozing by sunset. Alas, bedtime still competes with the latest binge-worthy series!

Growing an Impressive Mustache

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For the gentlemen, we assumed we’d sprout an impressive ‘stache upon reaching 40. But let’s be real, we’re still rocking the same clean-shaven or bearded look we always have.

Falling in Love With Jazz

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We imagined becoming hardcore jazz enthusiasts, snapping our fingers to Miles Davis. Yet, our playlist is still dominated by classic rock and the latest pop sensations.

Taking Naps Every Day

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We thought 40 would be the age when daily naps become mandatory. But honestly, who has the time? The world doesn’t stop just because we’re over 40!

Starting a Wine Collection

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We had visions of a grand wine cellar, filled with pricey vintage bottles. The reality? We’re lucky if a bottle of cheap red lasts more than a day!

Growing Our Own Vegetables

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The dream of living off the land with a flourishing vegetable garden was tempting. In actual fact, the truth is a little disappointing: we can barely keep a houseplant alive!

Investing in Antiques

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We once thought that our 40s would signal the start of our antique collecting phase. But honestly, we’re still more likely to be found in the tech aisle than in the antique store.

Joining a Book Club

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While the idea of intellectual discussions about literature sounded appealing, our 40s have not magically transformed us into book club enthusiasts. And yes, graphic novels still count as reading!

Gravitating Towards News Channels

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We thought our 40s would make us news channel addicts, but it turns out we’re still more interested in the latest reality TV drama. Sorry, CNN, you’re just not as exciting as “Real Housewives.”

WHY SO SERIOUS? 25 TRIVIAL THINGS PEOPLE HATE FOR NO REASON

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People often harbor a significant amount of hatred towards certain things, but often, it doesn’t even make sense. A question was recently asked on the internet, “What’s something that’s hated for no reason?” Here are the top 25 answers.

Why So Serious? 25 Trivial Things People Hate for No Reason

WHY SO WEIRD? 19 THINGS ABOUT AMERICA THAT OTHER PEOPLE FIND VERY STRANGE

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America, a land of diversity and unique cultural quirks, often leaves outsiders scratching their heads in confusion. A poster recently asked, “Non-Americans, what is strange about America?” Here are the 21 top replies.

Why So Weird? 19 Things About America that Other People Find Very Strange

ARE YOU GUILTY OF THESE? 17 THINGS WOMEN DO THAT MIGHT BE DRIVING MEN AWAY

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Similar to women, men also have specific preferences and things that either attract or repel them when it comes to dating. An internet survey recently asked, “What’s an instant turn-off in a woman?” Here are the top 17 responses.

Are You Guilty of These? 17 Things Women Do That Might Be Driving Men Away

WHAT DO MEN REALLY WANT? 21 THINGS ABOUT WOMEN THAT DRIVE MEN WILD

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If you’ve ever been curious about the qualities that men value in women, this article is for you. A recent internet survey asked “What makes a girl attractive instantly” and here are the top 21 answers:

What Do Men Really Want? 21 Things About Women That Drive Men Wild

REALITY CHECK: 17 POPULAR FOODS THAT SIMPLY AREN’T WORTH THE HYPE

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While some dishes have gained immense popularity and hype, it’s time to take a closer look and see if they’re actually as good as people make out. An internet survey recently asked, “What is the most overrated food?” Here are the top 17 responses:

Reality Check: 17 Popular Foods That Simply Aren’t Worth the Hype

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