Age the idea or the phrase itself. But
Age is one of the things we can’t change.
Plastic surgeries, diets and exercises can’t alter our date of birth however,
it might make us feel a bit better about ourselves. Many of us individual use
different beauty products or any alternatives that would make us look younger.
And it uplifts our confidence whenever we hear people after saying “you
don’t look your age”. On the other hand, the phrase “Life begins at
forty” seems to be popular specially
to those middle ages people. But who among us know where is that phrase
originated or even understand what it really employs? According to Martin
(2017), the notion that life begins at forty was originated in the 20th
century; previously, ‘death begins at forty’ is more accurate because during
that time, many people didn’t live beyond that age. Moreover, in medieval
England, the life expectancy was about 25 years and it only attained 40 years
around the 20th century. In 1932, a self-help book was published by an American
Psychologist namely Walter Pitkin. She stated confidently “Life begins at forty. This is the revolutionary
outcome of our New Era. Today it is half a truth. Tomorrow it will be an
axiom”. Pitkin is often regarded as the one who coined the term
“Life begins at forty’ however, she is not the one who first to articulate
the idea or the phrase itself. But her book was the cause for it to become a
popular language. It also appeared many times on different news papers and
printed records during the 1932 onwards. Various songs was also made which was
entitled after that phrase. One of them is written and sung by John Lennon in
the 1980 which is the year wherein John Lennon turned 40 years of age. Another
is the one sung by Dave and the Dynamos in the year 1983 and it became number
one on the New Zealand chart. Each of us have different views or perspectives
with regards to giving emphasis on the phrase “life begins at forty”.
There are people who believe that it is just a myth or product of person’s
creative mind. However, there are also who believe that it is actually
happening in reality.