10 Ten is the year of the
closest friendships — though not with the opposite sex. It is also the year
when relationships with particular people or groups is strongest. The
ten-year-old usually gets on well with parents but needs more time alone.
Personal talents begin to
20 In the United States twenty
is the average age for the first marriage for women, although probably only a
third marry at this age because they want to; the others marry because of
social pressure. The human brain is at its finest at twenty. It is the age when
people can vote in Denmark, Japan, Norway and Switzerland. And in Japan it is
the minimum age for buying alcohol.
30 For optimists thirty is one
of the happiest ages, for pessimists it marks the end of feeling young. At this
age you need to take a little more care with
your body than when you were younger. Young people who enjoyed an all-night
party at twenty will feel much worse the next day at thirty. In Britain it is
the youngest you can become a bishop.
40 Forty is the year of the
'middle-aged', although nobody who is forty wants to admit the fact. Bob Hope
said that you are middle-aged when your age starts to show around your middle.
In fact, the body starts to get smaller at forty and continues to do so until
50 Fifty is an age when old
friendships get closer and relationships with colleagues and relatives warmer.
According to old proverbs, fifty is the age when you should be rich. George
Orwell said, "At fifty everyone has the face he deserves."
People need to wear glasses and some food loses its strong taste.