Before you count your number into 40, these are some of the experiences you might want to gather.
GET A DEGREE
College degree has a lot of importance. Globally, firms and several institutions place higher value and demand on people with at least a minimum of college degree in some field of choice. Even though it does not automatically lead to financial success, getting a degree early in life can free you up and also give you unlimited avenues to explore at a more convenient time later on. Having a degree at the early stages of your life enriches the experience. You will meet a lot of people from different walks of life, find love and lifelong partners as well as meet business opportunities and important networks.
MARRY BEFORE FORTY
As I eluded to in the first point, somethings must be done with time. Marriage may not be for everyone, but if you think it’s important, then you have to get it done early. Settle down before you reach 40. It is known that before forty, our libidos are very high. Therefore, more sexual experiences would be attained in these times. Again, it’s scientifically proven that sperm count for men is high when below the age of 40. Save yourself the trouble and seek a partner early.
A RELIABLE SOURCE OF INCOME
To be more comfortable and stress free, a reliable source of income must be a top most priority. Money is a necessary evil. It has everything to do with your happiness and even your stay as a human being. To travel, eat, drink etc. depends on money. These monies can only come from a reliable source of income.
LEARN DRIVING BEFORE YOU ARE FORTY YEARS
Driving is one of the life experiences. It is more fan when you can drive even when you don’t have a car of your own. It can also serve as your hope of seeing into the future that you will one day own one
GO FOR ROUTINE CHECK-UPS
Even though you may generally consider yourself to be young enough at 40, your body vitals might probably be giving up on you. That is why it is important to conduct regular and routine checks with your doctor before and all through to 40. Your doctor must know you and you as well should know your doctor. As a human being, it is essential to know your sugar level, your blood level, your HIV status etc… I know the mere mention of HIV status make some people feel dizzy, Lol, don’t be frightened. It’s very important that you know these things about yourself.
TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY AND POSSIBLY THE WORLD
There is no doubt that people who travel a lot really truly live. Roaming and seeing beautiful sites around is really fulfilling. Sometimes the daily routine can be very boring. As you leave the comfort of your community to other places you will meet different people and have different experiences and lessons from the way they live. Sometimes your destination can be outside your home country.
FIGHT YOUR FEARS
You may be getting older at 40 perhaps, but you’re still young enough to do something crazy. Before you are forty, try certain things that might look impossible. It could be swimming and diving deep under water. Try to take a picture with a snake around your neck… oops!! It could be wild but it is a way of testing your braveness. Learn to be adventurous
BUILD YOUR OWN HOUSE
To many, the sound of building seems very difficult and far from reach. The Bible makes us understand that a house is Built by wisdom. Probably you need to acquire this great wisdom to be able to build. It’s such an experience to build. How to bargain with Masons and carpenters. You would look back one day and just have a hysterical feeling of pride, love and joy for yourself.
HAVE ALL YOUR BABIES
For most women, life indeed begins at forty, and that is why you wouldn’t want be tied down by a newly born baby when you are supposed to be really living and exploring into retirement. Childbirth could take a lot of time and energy. In fact, it could be really stressful, especially when your physical body is showing signs of exhaustion. A life well planned would deliver you from every hectic lifestyle.
TRY A RESORT
Nature has a lot to offer. The mere site of beautiful environment releases a whole lot of stress. Try a resort before you are forty. It will go a long way to add to your experience and then also relaxes you.
CELEBRATE A YULETIDE IN A VILLAGE
A village is such an interesting place to be. Their way of doing things are far more different from those of us in the big cities. If there is any experience you probably would love to add to your experience, then celebration of Yuletide in a village is such an experience.
ATTEND A FESTIVAL
Festivals have their own way of enriching your experience. Moreover, it deepens your love for a particular tribe. Sometimes, you would appreciate where we came from as a country or as a tribe and the direction as to where we are going. An epitome will be Akwasidae, Homowo, Hogbetsotso just to mention a few
VISIT THE WALKWAY AT THE KAKUM NATIONAL PARK
It is an experience to walk on that canopy walk at the Kakum National park aside the beautiful reserve that we have there. Need I say more, I have witnessed many people both men and women cry like babies whiles walking on the canopy walk. This will add to your bank of experiences. Try it.
VISIT THE WALKWAY AT THE KAKUM NATIONAL PAR
It is an experience to walk on that canopy walk at the kakum National park aside the beautiful reserve that we have there. Need I say more, I have witnessed many people both men and women cry like babies whiles walking on the canopy walk. This will add to your bank of experiences. Try it.
READ ALOT OF BOOKS BEFORE YOU ARE FORTY YEARS
You are considered to be an illiterate even when you don’t read when you can read. It’s said that to hide a thing from a black man, put it in a book. Reading broadens your horizon. Reading enlightens you. Reading eventually makes you a leader. Be avid reader and become a leader
VISIT THE AIRPORT BEFORE YOU ARE FORTY
Most people have not been to the airport. Most people only see planes while it flies in the air. They had not really seen it parked in its lot before. This situation can never be good. It’s important as well as eye opening to know how planes work. How it lands and how it takes off. These are all wonderful experiences.
Most of the times you must learn. But after you had learnt, you need to pour that accumulated knowledge unto someone else. It is always beautiful to see a replica of yourself. Someone who follows your ideologies and thought. Find someone to mentor today. It’s a wonderful experience
EAT FROM A RESTAURANT
If you are a typical African, then eating at a highly reputable restaurant would not really be part of you. Eating at a restaurant can be enjoying. Eating variety of foods can be nice. Try it before you are forty.
LEARN A TRADE
Learning a trade can be fascinating. The opportunity to become a craftsman; someone who creates things for people to use live by. No matter how unimportant your passion may be, learning to master your craft through formal apprenticeship or learning through YouTube videos can go a long way to help you live a fulfilling life.
KNOW IMPORTANT PLACES BEFORE YOU ARE FORTY
It is rather unfortunate and somehow disgracing if you don’t know certain important places. Places like the Parliament House, the Jubilee House, the supreme Court etc. It is very necessary to know all these and many of our landmark places
VISIT A REFUGEE CAMP
Living in a war-free country like Ghana, it will be very hard to believe that the things we call basic needs and laments terribly for not having are luxuries that people in the various refugee camps will shy away from using on ordinary occasions. Try visiting one of these camps and learn a great deal about the human condition during that terrible times of war and political unrest.
Life without moments of nostalgia is like a soup without salt, like Tom without Jerry. Imagine a Romeo without Juliet, there wouldn’t be any tickling. So explore, live good and breath.