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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Today, Prince William says farewell to his youth – and turns 40. I passed that tricky milestone 10 years ago, so here I hope is some sage advice on how to deal with the second half of life.1. As a fellow baldie, I can tell you, it only gets better from now onThe initial heartache of losing your hair has long passed. Now just sit back and watch as your friends’ hairlines race at top speed across their scalps to catch up with yours.2. 40 is the age at which you finally find what you really like doing – and really hateI haven’t been to a nightclub since I was 40 or stayed up past 2am. I don’t lie on beaches or watch telly during the day. I don’t lie in. I’ve realised early mornings are the dream swap for the gloomy small hours. What joy in not doing things you secretly knew you always hated.3. Bye-bye, toxic friends!Farewell, the schoolfriend who’s been putting you down for 30 years. That university pal who was hilariously funny when you were both 19 and constantly drunk has lost his magic, now you’re both 40 and able to see the massive gulf between your characters in the cold, sober light of day. Sometimes, you’ll just drift naturally away from them. At other times, there will be some final showdown when your clashing souls can meet no more. Either way, it’s a blessing.4. Welcome to the things you really like doing, which you might have thought scarily middle-aged in your 30sMy chief pleasures now are long bike rides, watching seabirds and reading the papers in the bath. I know for sure they are real pleasures – the ones I want to go on doing for the rest of my life.5. Be still, your aching heartWills, you have chosen well with your delightful duchess. How thoughtful and decent she is, and what a fine mother to your three children. Imagine what a frightful, spoilt shocker you might have ended up with! No longer must you deal with the thud-thud-thud of the heart struck by the feverish love affair. No more the lovelorn stare across a crowded 21st birthday party at the one that got away, or the one you stupidly dumped, or the one you never declared your love to.6.
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. Your insurance premium has collapsed. All risks of silly accidents zoom upwards in your 20s and 30s, if you’re a man. The statistics for accidental drowning and silly car crashes soar in your youth before the sensible wisdom of middle age kicks in.More from OpinionSupermarket bosses like me have a responsibility to help the public in times of crisis21 June, 2022Failed US War on Drugs in doubt after Colombia elects its first left-wing president21 June, 2022Pay boost for City bosses will anger public sector workers20 June, 20227. And yet you’re not that oldYou haven’t entered the age of the organ recital – when elderly men and women get together, almost exclusively to exchange anecdotes about what’s wrong with your vital organs. Everything is still in working order, particularly if, like you, you’ve managed to keep the middle age spread under control.8. You don’t know what you’ve got until you think it’s going to goIntimations of mortality will have been kicking in on the eve of your 40th. Good. Youth is wasted on the young, as Oscar Wilde put it, because they think it’s going to last for ever and so take it for granted. It is knowing how precious and limited life is that makes it so enjoyable.9. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I…Welcome to the deep pleasures of nostalgia. You’ve now reached the age where you can remember things that happened 35 years ago. Yes, you wonder where the years went. But you also take pleasure in looking back across the decades. What a strangely sweet sensation it is to stumble across something – an old photograph; a city street; a country walk – you’d forgotten about that suddenly springs into vivid life when you come across it again, years on.10. It’s thanks to all these things you’ve done before that you can refine your future life post-40You’ve got a particularly huge job awaiting you. But for all of us, apart from sportsmen and models, our greatest achievements lie ahead of us at the age of 40. Only now are we really grown-up. Only now do we appreciate what we are really capable of. The best is yet to come. What great things you will do, William, now you’re entering your fifth decade. Happy birthday!Harry Mount is the editor of ‘The Oldie’ magazine
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