Perhaps I am posting this as an antidote to the Plastic Surgery thread...
But I am over 40 and I like it (though I agree with the person that said they'd like a flatter abd and thinner thighs...)
Anyhow, 40 really does have some compensations and here they are for me....
I think I am getting more patience. And that is not to say that I am never impatient, but I certainly have less impatience and I have more willingness to sit with things and realize that right now I cannot change them.
I have more solid opinions and, yet, am less inclined to be opinionated. That is, I'm more sure than ever on where I stand on many issues and more tolerant of people who disagree with me. (My family would tell you I can still be pretty intolerant at times--ie of the messy room, etc. People who read my posts may get a big laugh out of this one).
I am more likely to trust my own judgement than ever and to realize the need to forgive myself for errors in judgement.
I think I have learned some things about gratitude that I didn't know at 25 or 30 or 35.
I wouldn't go back. I always say that if I go to HE**, it would be a daily replay of being a 7th or 8th grader
40+, with it's spots, sags, 42 "long" boobs, etc, has its' compensations.