People Over 40 Share Their Greatest Later-In-Life Success Stories

by Ariana

There's something about the big Four-Zero. They say that age is just a number for for some reason, 40 just feels different.

40 feels grown-up and it feels mature. It's technically, 'middle aged, and kind of feels like maybe once you hit that magic age, you become a 'real adult' and it's time to stop chasing those dreams you had when you were young - but this is so wrong.

40 signals a time to to settle down and knuckle down. There's even movies about it! 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' and 'This Is 40' are definitely two of my faves.

For many people, 40 can and does feel like the beginning of the end, and that's ridiculous, because it isn't. In fact, Henry Ford didn't invent the Model T Ford until he was 45 and Vera Wang hadn't sold a single dress until she was 40.

Recently, Doug Murano, a writer and award winning editor posted a viral tweet asking people who are over 40 to share their post-40 successes. Check them out below!

Here is Doug's tweet;

And here are the responses... This one is awesome!

And here are the responses... This one is awesome!

Painting...

Painting...

PhD at 51!

PhD at 51!
via: John4tl

Adult gymnastics...

Adult gymnastics...

Architecture degree...

Architecture degree...

Raising thousands for charity...

Raising thousands for charity...

PhD at 66!

PhD at 66!

A memoir at 74!

A memoir at 74!

New degree, new business, new career!

New degree, new business, new career!

PhD after 50!

PhD after 50!

A litigator at 80!!!

A litigator at 80!!!

Back to uni at 57! Never too late!

Back to uni at 57! Never too late!
via: Ryndie2

Escaped and abusive marriage...

Escaped and abusive marriage...

Law school at 52 after losing everything!

Law school at 52 after losing everything!

Writing scripts and lifting weights!

Writing scripts and lifting weights!

'The Great Wave' was painted after 60!

'The Great Wave' was painted after 60!

Max Eisen's first book was written in his late 80s...

Max Eisen's first book was written in his late 80s...

Portrait photography at 50+

Portrait photography at 50+

30, lost everything TWICE, and now at school...

30, lost everything TWICE, and now at school...

Entered law school at 50!

Entered law school at 50!

God sober in his mid 40s...

God sober in his mid 40s...

48 and studying Egyptology...

48 and studying Egyptology...

Full career change at 45...

Full career change at 45...

First deployment at 41!

First deployment at 41!

Starting painting in 70s...

Starting painting in 70s...

Women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s who are bored at home and going back to school! Love to see it!

Women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s who are bored at home and going back to school! Love to see it!

The legend.

The legend.

Start nursing at 45!

Start nursing at 45!

PhD at 56!

PhD at 56!

A reminder to celebrate those who take a less conventional path...

A reminder to celebrate those who take a less conventional path...

47 with a brand new double-major...

47 with a brand new double-major...

Relaunched acting career at 40!

Relaunched acting career at 40!

"Historians reach their prime at 63."

First book at 47!

First book at 47!

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