9. Give yourself a makeover
Completely change your look before you turn forty and you will feel a lot more confident and realize how truly awesome you are. Change your hairstyle or dye your hair a color you’ve never tried. Accessorize yourself. Drastically change your wardrobe and wear clothes that you think you can’t pull off. Life is too short to worry about such small things. So change your look and see how it makes you feel. Be experimental and have fun.
10. Get a new pet
Whether you already own a pet or not, it’s always great to have a new friend. Although it does come with some added responsibilities, the love and friendship you get in return is unparalleled. This is even more important if you’ve never had a pet. Author Matt Valentine adds that if “you feel like you can take a little extra responsibility on your hands (because they take work, especially if it’s an active pet like a dog), then I highly suggest it.”
11. Rock climb
This should be on everyone’s list of things to do before 40. Rock climbing is an exhilarating experience that is full of fun, thrill and excitement. If you want to have a taste of adventure without being too wild, then rock climbing can be an awesome experience to have before you’re forty. Matt says “You don’t have to defy death to experience the benefits. You could even just go to a rock-climbing center to climb a fake wall and you’ll have a blast (but the real thing is better).”
12. Pay off your debt
In case you have debt, then it should be your goal to pay it off as much as you can by the time you are 40 years old. This should definitely be one of the things that you must do and dedicate all your energy on accomplishing. “The sheer sense of relief and freedom you experience once having done so is well worth the hard work (and it often leads to other opportunities),” writes Matt Valentine.
13. Write a letter to future self
Make a time capsule and set a date in the future when you will open it. You can add different things in it for yourself and your children. And among those things should be a letter written to yourself in the future. Write about all the things you want to accomplish by that time and how you see your future self at a different point in life. And when the time comes, open your time capsule and read the letter in it. “What you read might make you nostalgic – maybe even sad – but it’ll definitely show you how much you’ve grown, and how beautiful you’ve become,” explains author Peter Economy.
14. Quit at least one bad habit
We all have our bad habits that we would like to kick. It’s not that we haven’t tried before, but somehow we could never manage to get rid of it. So now is the time that you finally did it. Make sure you kick that one bad habit before you’re forty. It could be anything – smoking, alcohol, caffeine, junk food, not exercising, not reading enough etc. However, you also need to ensure that once you get rid of your bad habit, you replace it with something more positive and healthier. It’s just one of the things to do before 40.
15. Experience more love
Whether you have already found a caring partner or yet to meet your soulmate, it is absolutely crucial that you fill your life with more love now that you are turning forty. Being in love is the best feeling you can ever experience. So go ahead and tell that special person how much you love them. Make them feel special and share more memorable moments with them.
If you are yet to meet your soulmate, then get more active on dating apps & sites and go on more dates instead of being mopey or lazy. Although you don’t need to go crazy over finding love, being a little more active about it will take you one step closer to meeting the love of your life.
16. Make yourself happy
Although this holds true for any age you are in, loving yourself is just one of the things to do before 40. Spend more time with yourself and do things you love. Pursue your passions and put more effort into making your dreams come true, irrespective of how big they are. Prioritize yourself over other things and take steps to make yourself happier. Treat yourself. Do whatever you enjoy. Only when you are happy, you can make others happy.