I’ve finally turned 40 - and I’m quite happy to admit it

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So I’ve finally turned 40, which is such a relief as now I can tell people my age without having to bear the awful embarrassment which flicks across their faces as if to say ‘really? You’re not 40 yet?’

Well I am now. Finally my age matches the grey hair, the wrinkles and the extra tummies which I sport these days.

Plus, I’m glad to be here as I’m the right end of a decade and right now 50 feels like miles away.

So I never gave up smoking before 40, or lost the extra poundage. A pity, that. But actually I do still feel quite good.

There are lots of things which could be worse in life. For example, being a ‘youth’ again.

Who would want to experience that twice?