I am not as old as the author of the article, but I find that I am willing to trade the few humbling things for the greater emotional depth, the perspective of some real life experience, and what I hope is some wisdom gained from that experience. If I had known my 40s would be this much better than my 20s, I would have willingly fast-forwarded through the awkwardness of my 30s.
This is an old article, but it's still relevant - and Men's Journal thought so, too, because they re-posted it.
By Pat Jordan Sept 2009
For any man who has led a vibrant, robust life, the realities of aging can be humbling. But as the author has discovered, coming to terms with that is one of life's great empowerments.