Women Over 40

Here’s a little secret: I’m not getting younger. In fact, sometimes it seems like I’m aging with the speed of light. Maybe that’s why I’m searching for the positive side to this little  scenario. Because, seriously, physically I am NOT improving. Everything seems to be getting a little harder…except my body itself. 🙂

I took up running again (a fact which I question everyday I strap on my sneakers) and let me tell you, it’s not like the old days when I could just hop into a new exercise regiment with impunity. My knees complain. My stomach is iffy. And my lungs sound like the little engine that definitely could NOT and probably shouldn’t try.

Even my thumb nails are weird these days. They  seem to be growing at odd angles…flat in the middle and curled in at the edges. Seriously?? Even my fingernails? Ack. It was after that little discovery that I began cataloging positive changes in self defense. Here goes: I’m more patient than I was in my younger years. I know my strengths and am increasingly forgiving of faults, both my own and others’; I cut myself a little more slack. And sometimes, if the weather’s good and I’m not too frequently visited by the power surges better known as hot flashes, I’m more appreciative of the little things.

That’s my entire list right now, but I read an article the other day that had me laughing out loud. Here’s a little excerpt by AndyRooney. Hope you enjoy.


As I grow in age, I value women who are over forty most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over forty will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think.

If a woman over forty doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it’s usually something more interesting.

A woman over forty knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of forty give a hoot what you might think about her or what she’s doing.

Women over forty are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.

A woman over forty has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn’t trust the guy with other women. Women over forty couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over forty. They always know.

A woman over forty looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over forty is far sexier than her younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one! You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over forty for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of forty-plus, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some twenty-two-year-old waitress.

Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” here’s an update for you. Now 80 percent of women are against marriage, why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig, just to get a little sausage.

Thanks Mr. Roony. I needed that after a four mile hike that felt like a hundred mile marathon.

So how about you? Anything you can think of that’s easier, better, more inspiring than it was ten, twenty, or a hundred years ago? 🙂







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26 Responses to Women Over 40

  1. leannebanks says:

    What a great blog, Lois! I love it! I’m more grateful for just about everything these days. I like that. When something happens that could make me very unhappy, I almost automatically say “it could be worse”. I’m not smacking myself quite as much for my physical imperfections.

  2. cindygerard says:

    Thanks for the grins, Lois. And the other day I did realize something about being older that I like about myself. The secret to weight loss is: Patience. I didn’t have it when I was younger. I have patience now. And I’ve dropped a ton of weight just because I’m finally patient enough to let it come off slowly.
    My credo about growing older: I no longer struggle to be young. I merely want to be relevant!
    There’s a lot to be said for making a difference. And us ‘seasoned’ broads make a difference :o)

  3. Marcia in OK says:

    I find that after 40 it has become easier for me to “let things go”. To tell me self that it isn’t a priority and it is OK for it not to be done, or put away, or left alone. Priorities are a bit easier to set and it is easier to say NO to the busy-ness.

    It is also easier to be kind to others and myself. My list of shoulds has gotten shorter.

    All things considered, I’m holding up pretty well.

    Thanks for sharing the Rooney stuff.

  4. I am going on the exercise mill on Monday with a friend. I dread it. My knees will complain. My lungs will give up and fail me. My stomach will return it’s contents to my throat.

    BUT thank you for the smile on my face. I love the Andy Rooney piece.

  5. loisgreiman says:

    Rooney had a great way about him, didn’t he?

  6. Behave yourself, young lady. Stop sweating the small stuff. And your waistline is definitely small stuff. Oh, but the thumb nails? Yeah, that happens. I asked my doctor about it, and that was all she said. Yeah, that happens.

    I’ll never forget the day my baby sister splashed a shot of cold reality in my face. She was visiting, and we were sharing a mirror when she leaned closer, put her face beside mine and said, “Yep. It’s happening to you, too. Your lips are shrinking.” I hadn’t noticed. I could have gone on forever not noticing.

    The upside? I have better sense than to have the lips injected with something that an old lady look like she’s been attacked by bees. Scary.

  7. Alison Henderson says:

    Lois, this completely made my day! In his 90+ years, Andy Rooney learned a thing or two about women. Also, my nails are doing the same weird shape thing, and they have ridges – what’s up with that???

  8. michelehauf says:

    What a great way to start the morning. Love the excerpt from Rooney! Ok, the thumbnails bug me, because they don’t do that unless they are trying to tell you something. Going to look it up online…
    I’m gearing up for the big M with two thoughts to how to accept that. Some days I want to put up my fists and show it my teeth. Other days I think I’ll just press my palms together and say ‘namaste’.
    You are an amazing, chick, Lois! Keep it up! I look up to you in so many ways.

  9. Marie Overfors says:

    Lois, Lois, Lois. I need to introduce you to a dear friend of mine: Denial. 🙂

  10. Amy Hahn says:

    …and i never was that big of a sausage fan. Thanks for the laugh!

  11. kylie brant says:

    I do love Andy Rooney and I never tire of that piece! Old age…gak! I notice how *weak* I’m getting and let me tell ya, I was no female Hercules *before*. Even though I do nautilus at the Y and Curves 3x a week I am regressing. I don’t get that…unless I have some dread disease of the muscles that has not yet made itself known. Hmmm.

    I recently (over a period of four excruciating months) lost 30 pounds. I weigh less than I have in over 20 years. Still waiting to feel a little more forgiving of my body but a poor body image is so deeply ingrained that may take a while. I do practice thinking that I look pretty good for my age…it takes practice because I was never overly appreciative of qualifiers 🙂 Like the time (at age 32) that my husband looked up and down the Hawaii beach and announced that I had the best body of anyone there—among those who’d had five kids 🙂

    • Mary Louise says:

      Lois: Incredible blog!! I moan and groan about my age all the time. My ipod is the ipod of a 15 year old, I feel like I’m 35, weigh less than I did when I was 12, work out every day and each morning I wonder who that old person in the mirror is. Freaking scarry! It’s not fair!! What’s next? having a plastic surgeon on speed dial. I have to admit, Andy has great wisdom regarding women over 40… I wish more men (or the population in general) were as enlightened. Rock on!!!

  12. loisgreiman says:

    Seriously, other people have this weird thumb nail thing too???

  13. debradixon says:

    Lois! Such refreshing honesty! Oh, right. We don’t have a young suit to zip into every morning so it’s hard to hide from the world and the mirror. Staying positive is a job and we all need to take it on. Good reminder.

  14. Kathleen O says:

    I think Andy was on to something here… Yep the older we get the wiser we get, but like you my body started to get a mind of it’s own at 40 and now into my 50’s it has said. “Sister, you just ain’t young anymore”.. And you just have to either keep fighting or sit down and crt… I choose to keep fighting, as I am tired of crying over things I cannot control.. Okay a few more tears will be shed. After all we are still hormonal…

  15. loisgreiman says:

    Kathleen O, keep swinging, sister.

  16. iwritebooks says:

    Love it, Lois! I do care less of what others think of me these days. I just smile and like myself. I really envy you the running. I was just getting into it again when I broke my leg. The ortho surgeon, when I asked if I’d ever get to do that again just looked at me and said, “Do you =have= to run?” I think that might mean no. So…enjoy everything you =can= do and not worry about what you cannot!

  17. iwritebooks says:

    Sheesh, the iwritebooks is me, Christie Ridgway. I thought I changed that.

  18. MaryC says:

    I can now say NO without feeling I have to justify my response. Better at deciding what is worth fighting for.and what should be let go.

    Love Andy Rooney!

  19. CateS says:

    Miss Andy Rooney… Lips? I have to worry about disappearing lips?? I knew at an early age that all I had to do was look at my mom to know my future… I was in a production of Arsnic & Old Lace.. yup… doubled for my mom with that makeup! EVERYONE COMMENTED …

  20. lizbethselvig says:

    This was awesome – just awesome. I’m so well beyond 40 that i should have all of this figured out by now, but I’m not aging graciously (or gracefully for that matter) and I’m fighting the waistline, thumbnail, inability to start a new exercise regime thing with all my might. But, it’s exhausting and this reminds me I really do need to start that being kinder to myself stage of life. I think I’ll hang Mr. Rooney’s words of wisdom on my wall and start trying to be more like those over-40-year-olds he knew!! Thanks for sharing!

  21. LOL-Lois. I really needed this today. Along with ginkgo and glucosamine.

  22. A few positive “after 40 things”: I go out of my way more to give compliments to strangers who look like they need to hear one, and I also make a point of talking to old people (well, older than me!) Lonely sucks and we’ve all been there so maybe this is a karma thing just in case. A negative “after 40 thing”. Fingernails? Mine have always been like wet rice paper, but if you want to talk toenails. What the hell happened?! My pedicurist mumbles then laughs with her friends – I don’t want to know what she’s saying but I’ve probably learned what “feet like a water buffalo” is in Vietnamese.

  23. I love that Rooney article. I’d saved it once and then lost it. So thanks. Lois.

    And to everyone reading this blog, don’t believe one word Lois said about aging. She’s not getting a day older–at least, she sure doesn’t look it. She is GORGEOUS!

  24. Marie Overfors says:

    My fellow females: The fact is that we are all beautiful. Age doesn’t matter. Celebrate your beauty, love yourself. Forget the “imperfections.” Enjoy life.

  25. Nora Braun says:

    Thanks for the smiles! I really miss you Lois and the fun I had with my writer friends. The best thing about getting older — retirement and the time to do whatever! Of course, then you have to figure out what you want to do. Still working on that one 🙂

    Btw, my fingernails bend down at the ends too and a manicurist said its just natural aging. Of course she was maybe 25…..

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