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40 Is the New 20

40 Is the New 20 For Gen X Women

For women, our 20s are often looked at as our "glory days," while 30 is a dirty word. But maybe it's time to reassess what makes a decade of our lives better than another. Thanks to longer lifespans and starting families later in life, many women in their 40s today are celebrating getting older instead of dreading it.

Generation X women are more confident in their age than past generations and financially secure enough to celebrate their 40th birthdays with lavish parties, girlfriend spa days, and big trips. I just spent some time looking over old high school photos and would have to say that even though my 20s have been great so far, they are also stressful and full of responsibilities compared to the easygoing teen years where the only thing you had to worry about was Friday's exam and what to wear to prom. And while most of my 20-something peers and I do something low-key and inexpensive for our birthdays, my mom spent her 50th birthday year going on girlfriend trips and taking art classes in France — aging isn't all bad!

I'm curious, from the years you've experienced so far, which decade has been your favorite? And tell us why in the comments!

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sevenfold sevenfold 6 years
My 40's have absolutely been the best decade so far. I've never felt or looked better or had more confidence in myself. Don't get me wrong, I've made mistakes along the way, but I've learned something from each of them. Either about myself or the other person, etc. My life isn't perfect, but I've never been happier or more sure of myself..
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
I'm 29 and feel much better the older I get. I feel more settled, less anxious, and I just don't let little things get to me like I used to. I have several great mentors in my 40's who assure me that the best is yet to come:)
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I'm 24 and loving my twenties. It's also really stressful, but there's some sense of magic in Top Ramen dinners and itty bitty apartments. My friends and I are all collectively learning how to be adults and it's both terrible and thrilling.
amber512 amber512 6 years
My early twenties were definitely the best. I had a lot more going on for me at 22ish than I do now at 28! I definitely didn't worry as much about the future back then. I also thought I'd be done having my last kid by now, not still trying for the first after 4.5 years.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
Im at the End of my 30's, and This decade has been both the worst and the best!!
neonbee neonbee 6 years
I'm too young to actually have a favourite decade. I'm just 21 and I really doubt my teen years were that special. It was rocky at times, boring even. I'm looking forward to my 20s of course and the next and the next and the next... So long as I get to achieve my goals, live with my family and friends, I'll be just fine, no matter how old I am.
mixedpie mixedpie 6 years
I'm only 22 too, and my 20s are pretty good. Being a teenager was pretty uneventful for me, until I turned 18 anyways and my "rebellious phase" finally kicked in. So I'm a bit biased with my answer, since only two age groups on the poll really applied to me. Though, if it were expanded I think the ages 7-12 were the best, lots of friends, lots of fun things, not having to care about anything, knowing nothing of politics, not knowing or understanding the bad in the world, it was wonderful.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I'm only 22, but thus far, my 20s have been great. I have achieved all the goals I have set for myself and have met great people. However, I'm looking forward to all my decades, and hopefully, of achieving all the goals I have set for myself.
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