…seem to be going on around me at the mo. i'm yet to see my 40th, yet people i know (both a year or so younger than me) seem to be bursting headlong into that cliché. case one is a chap i used to work with. had an attractive wife (bit of a joni mitchell look about her), a daughter (for whom they'd been trying for a long time) with one more on the way. leaves wife for an affair with a colleague, whom he dumps for someone else. case two is the husband of a friend of mine. married, obviously, with two kids. is constantly wanting new, expensive stuff (tag heuer watch (for telling the time?), top spec macbook pro (for surfing the net) and £1k+ bike (to get started with cycling)). as they are not rich and each purchase would be a big one for them, for him to want them when they are way over and above what he needs them for, i can only assume it's the mid life thing. he's already had (and sold) an audi tt. am i allowed some smugness at not feeling the need for such superficial things to feel good about myself, or should i be looking over my shoulder for when i decide to buy a £2k bike and cancel the kids' activities to pay for it?