E41: Kane turns 40, what it means to him.


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So today I turn 40. It’s often thought of as a landmark age, like turning 10 or 13 or 18 or maybe 21. However it’s also usually defined by one simple, undeniable fact: you’re getting older........my 3 year old tells me this every time I ask him how old I am: "I am 3.....you are 40" followed by a cackle....thanks little buddy. Does turning 40 itself bother me? Not really. But am I going to celebrate turning 40? Not really, well nothing big anyway. I'm really only one day older....but overnight maybe you do become more aware of mortality (well really your own mortality). So does turning 40 itself bother me. Not really....does getting older bother me. Yes of course it does. What does turning 40 mean to me?

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