6 January, 2015  |   4 Comments

Peak Tipping Point

I’m turning forty this year.
I turn forty this year.
I’m not forty yet, but
I turn forty this year.

Forty.
Lordy. Lordy.

#tbt Favorite vacation bartender.

I’m fully middle-aged. Much to polite conversation’s dismay, I do not want to live past eighty. That means that this year counts as my actual tipping point. From here on out, I’m really headed toward the end.

(And in a weird way, I’m thrilled about it.)

Recently, my favorite radio show, To The Best of our Knowledge, produced a wildly compelling five part series about death. I was thrilled/horrified.

The frank way the experts spoke about the practical [Read: We are ALL going to die and there’s a big industry looking to make it even stranger] was nothing less than a revelation.

I’m unprepared for it and yet totally welcoming of it.
You’re probably unprepared for it as well.
Unless you are, and then I want to hear all about it.


4 thoughts on “Peak Tipping Point

  1. 1
    Katerina says:

    Dear Helen Jane,

    I’ve never commented although I’ve been reading (and loving) your blog for years – I wish you were my neighbor, and I read your meal plans with great envy for your organizational skills and yummy ideas every single week last year.

    I can’t speak as to the turning-40-angst because I was 40 weeks pregnant on my 40th and all I could think about was “out! baby OUT!” (I went into labor the next day). When I turned 42 last year and actually had a moment to think about it, I freaked out for about a minute, and then I gave up. I don’t think I look what I imagine 40 to look (and YOU certainly don’t either), and the number kind of gave me the courage to REALLY stop giving a crap what others think.

    Two suggestions:

    1) Atul Gawande’s new book Being Mortal is fabulous (difficult, but brilliant) – highly recommended

    2) Really good article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/01/opinion/sunday/what-you-learn-in-your-40s.html

    Big wonderful wishes from Athens,
    Katerina

  2. 2
    Erica says:

    I unprepared for my death but I’m taking strides to being more prepared. Last year I bought a good life insurance policy. This year I’m going to finish setting up a trust.

  3. 3
    Knighton says:

    I turn 42 later this year. 42 is The Answer. So we’re going to celebrate.

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