I've just turned 42. Quite depressing on the one hand, but on the other I find myself at the beginning of a new phase in my life and am looking forward to what the second half of my life will bring. I have plans and it's actually quite exciting, but it has definitely been a time of reflection.
Recently pretty much everyone I know has gone through some sort of upheaval. I think it's our age. Your forties are when you're strong enough to take stock of your life, your achievements, your failures, your relationships. You find yourself taking a look at what you've done and what you haven't and saying, right, this has to stop or right, I'm going to make sure I actually enjoy my forties.
I can't speak for men, but I think for women it's also a time when we are able to feel in control and there's a very distinct shift of power in relationships. It's definitely a time for change.
As women get older, they get more confidence and feel more in control. They may have had children, raised a family, and managed a home. They realise their own strengths and weaknesses and have the confidence to act. Recently I was sent the picture in this article on Facebook which really resonated with me.