So now that you’re 40, what exactly does that change? Some might say nothing, but there is a feeling that perhaps we have less time to do what we wanted before – that time is becoming more precious. While it’s all too easy to have an existential or mid-life crisis at this point, instead of having a freak out, we say it’s to do what you’ve always wanted to do but have never done!
With that in mind- for your inspiration – we’ve put together this list of 40 things to do now that’s your 40. Because now is the time to live it baby!
40 things to do now that you are 40
1. Do something jaw-dropping
….that will have everyone in your family talking about you.
2. Embark on a really bizarre hobby
…along the lines of soap carving, making snow globes, beetle fighting or mooing (yes really it’s a thing!). More idea on weird hobbies here.
3. Drive your dream car
Can’t afford one? No shame, go and hire one for the day instead.
4. Try a watersport
…if you haven’t already – think windsurfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding or jet skiing for the ultimate in adrenaline rushes.
5. Take flight
Book a helicopter or hot air balloon trip.
…and go on the scariest ride possible at a theme park
7. Unleash your inner dare devil
Do a sky-dive, bunjee jump or abseil if you’ve always wanted to but still not ticked it off your bucket list.
8. Sleep under the stars
Go camping/glamping, roast marshmellows over a fire, sing camp songs, make breakfast on a camping stove…I am always amazed at how many people say they have still never done so.
9. Rediscover where you live
Make like a tourist for the day where you live and see it with a pair of fresh eyes.
10. Sort your s*** out
Have therapy and sort out any unresolved issues you’ve dragged with you through life – or take them to the grave with you.
11. Feel the fear and do it anyway
Knock your biggest fears on the head – whether it’s a fear of heights, spiders, snakes with either exposure therapy or hypnotherapy.
12. Release your inner child
Do something ridiculous like sliding down the bannister, dressing up in fancy dress for no particular reason, play Twister, have a go on your child’s skateboard…..
13. Bring out the entertainer in you
Learn some good jokes and a party trick or two if you don’t have some up your sleeve already.
14. Love yourself
Have a date with yourself whether it be to an art gallery, bar or restaurant. Learn to love yourself. You need to live with her for the rest of your life.
15. Find joy in movement
Learn how to dance – I mean really dance! – whether it be ballroom, salsa, tango or belly! Even a bear can learn to dance, and so can you!
16. Make history
Create a time capsule and bury it somewhere in your garden. Make a note to dig it up in five years time.
17. Reconnect with your younger self
Write a letter to your younger self telling her everything you would ever want to.
18. Discover your inner mixologist
Learn how to make a decent cocktail if you don’t know how to already.
19. Stop dreaming, start doing!
Push the button on whatever you’ve been dreaming about doing….and do it!
20. Be a hero
Let go of your ego, be heroic and initiate the change you want to see rather than just waxing lyrical about it.
21. Do what the f*** you want
Have a blank canvas day – leave the house with no plans in mind and see where the day takes you
22. Open your ears (and mind)
Listen to all the weird radio stations available on digital radio – you will be amazed at some of the things you’ll find on there!
23. Remember every good friend was once a stranger
Start talking to strangers – in the supermarket, on the train, on your next flight. Opening up is a beautiful thing. And who knows, maybe – just maybe – they could end up being a new friend.
Stand up for something you believe in. Go on a protest march, start a petition, appeal to your local councillor.
25. Be naughty
Make sure you’ve gotten up to enough mischief in life. If not, don’t worry…there’s still time.
26. Look up to the skies
Go stargazing, visit an observatory, look for UFOS, planets, shooting stars and satellites.
Experiment with hair colour. Going grey is your chance to have fun and relive your teen years when you hair was every colour of the rainbow
28. Experience true decadence
Bath in a tub full of rose petals, dried citrus and oat bath milk – for the ultimate in luxurious experiences
29. Be your own doctor
Quit relying on your GP to solve your health problems. Try alternative medicines and therapies.
Start a meditation practice. It’s the most amazing way of connecting with your inner self.
31. Do your Kegels
Do your pelvic floor exercises. Your bladder will be thanking you for it as you continue to age.
32. Reconnect with your wardrobe
Have a massive wardrobe detox. Book a personal stylist or shopper for the day create a little reinvention.
33. Get in the picture
Commission someone to paint a portrait of take some professional photos of you.
34. Stay out of the sun
We all love the sun but who wants to look like a dried up pair of leather trousers?
35. Embrace the power of compliments
Start giving compliments to others more often and learn to receive compliments more graciously.
36. Witness a miracle
Watch a sunrise from a mountain top and a sunset over the sea somewhere breathtaking.
37. Become a wordsmith
Try free writing or painting – grab a pen or paintbrush and just start writing or painting and see what comes out.
38. Hold the vision
Make a vision board of what you want your 40s to look like.
39. Silence your inner critic
It’s not nice to you and the only thing it’s good for is reaffirming untruths about yourself.
40. Organise a reunion
Whether it be old friends, colleagues, or families, resist the cringe and enjoy the chance to reminisce about your former glory days.
What else would you add to this list of 40 things to do now that you’re 40? Let us know in a comment below and connect with us on Instagram here where we love to chat all things about life in your 40s!
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11 thoughts on “40 things to do now that you’re 40”
I hit 40 and got the best surprise—my daughter. Everything changed after that but we still manage to try and be spontaneous and fun with our midlife adventures.
Three years into my 40’s and I haven’t done most of these things.
Awesome list! I have a few years to go, but it doesn’t hurt to start now!
Such a great list! Forty really is such a great age!
For me it is not a goal yet, but I begin not to see the 40 years with so much fear … indeed I love this list!
That’s a great list of ideas. Ha, i do try to stay out of the sun and have done so since my early 20’s.
It’s a big mark to hit but this is a great list of ideas for those you feel intimidated by the big 4-0! In my opinion, life only gets more exciting now!
It is nice to do some new things as we get older. I try to stay away from anything risky (like extreme sports) and there’s a lot on this list that I would enjoy.
What a lovely list of adventures – all of these goals are such an amazing time.
It actually is nice to be a tourist in your own area. You see things through a new and refreshing lens.
Turning 40 is a huge milestone and these 40 items are definitely things all 40 years old should strive to do especially if they have never done it before.