Life Begins At Forty!

Age is merely a number. A small leap of faith can often be exhilarating and make one realize that life begins at forty.

Age is merely a number. A small leap of faith can often be exhilarating and make one realize that life begins at forty.

Mommies become girls when they decide to throw caution to winds, get rid of their imaginary fears and leave their inhibitions. I have moved to a new place and found a new bunch of 40 something friends who felt it’s time to reclaim my lost girlhood in true, “Jaa Simran jee le apni zindagi” spirit.

After a long session of ‘chai’ and gossip we moved out on the terrace. We saw a little parapet covering a part of the terrace and a ladder resting against it challenging us. The height would have been a cakewalk about two decades back. This time, however the ascend was shaky. The feet lacked ease and the mind- the devil may care attitude of youth. The nagging worry was, “What if I break one of my ‘boodhi haddies”– my old, brittle bones. Slowly each one of us took charge of ourselves and climbed up. The 8 metre ascend gave us the joy similar to what a mountaineer would experience after having climbed 8,848 metres( The Mt. Everest). The view from the top was amazing.

Finally, we could brush aside years of unfounded fears, cynicism and the lack of initiative. Besides I could check the condition of my water tank without the help of the reluctant, gutkha chewing ‘bhaiya’ from the water supplies department.

We wanted to open a bottle of champagne to celebrate our achievement but none of us dared to go down and then come up with the bottle. So we have left the champagne for  next time.

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Sarika Salil

Born a brought up in Delhi, a PG in English literature and a B.Ed degree I set out to conquer the world. Married to an army officer, had to move several places. Taught in read more...

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