Posted by: Admin | June 29, 2011

50 things about turning 50

  1. Your life is almost over…
  2. …or just beginning. You choose.
  3. If you haven’t “made it” in your chosen career, you probably never will. Accept where you are…
  4. … or consider a new career!
  5. You’re never too old to learn something new
  6. ergo, you can still re-train
  7. or study just for the sake of it.
  8. Don’t be afraid that you don’t know enough – most people will assume you know more than you do by virtue of your age. Just nod sagely, then look it up on your smartphone in the loo.
  9. On the other hand, it’s time to accept you don’t know everything, and that’s ok.
  10. Stay interested in life – it is very interesting!
  11. Money permitting, there are more opportunities to travel now than there ever were when we were young
  12. …and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune – back-packers’ hostels, couch surfing and camping are available to all ages.

    Don't fence me in!

  13. In some (usually non-western) countries, grey hair will ensure you are treated with respect.
  14. It’s ok to be grey
  15. or to dye your hair whatever colour you choose.
  16. We are all different – that’s what keeps life interesting
  17. We are all the same – take comfort in knowing you are not alone in your fears and hopes.
  18. You won’t be having any more children
  19. The ones you have might be distant, but they are still just as precious
  20. Sex isn’t just about having children. But you’ve figured that out by now, right?
  21. You’re never too old to fall in love
  22. or re-discover the love that burns quietly for your long-term partner

    Long Live Love

  23. An “empty nest” can be re-feathered to suit the two of you
  24. or can even be sold to “downsize” and release some fun money
  25. “Fun” is not a dirty word
  26. and the young do not have a monopoly on it
  27. Your joints will ache
  28. But you can largely determine how much they ache by choosing good nutrition and exercise
  29. Ditto your weight
  30. Stretching every morning and evening is no longer a choice if you want to stay supple
  31. Moisturiser is almost as essential as air
  32. Never underestimate the power of lipstick to make you feel optimistic.
  33. Smile. No matter how bad life gets, there’s always something to smile at.
  34. Laugh – what else can you do?
  35. Especially when you take off your bra
  36. …or your underpants.

    You've got to laugh!

  37. Hair growing in unexpected places is a new fact of life
  38. Epilate, or learn to live with it
  39. Do the latter, and learn to live with horrified glances in public places too.
  40. Seek out the company of children (with their parents’ permission, of course!) They will re-introduce you to the concept of wonder
  41. Cherish your friends
  42. and never feel you “have enough”. New people, new ideas = new energy
  43. Do not apologise for yourself. Who you are needs no excuses (unless you are intentionally morally or criminally aberrant, of course. I’m assuming if you were, you wouldn’t have time to be reading this.)
  44. Always treasure your capacity for empathy. Empathy and compassion are what make us human.
  45. Never waste time worrying about what other people do or think. You don’t have time to do that any more.
  46. The only person you have to answer to is yourself and your god.
  47. You are now an elder. If I recall correctly, that makes you right. Even when you’re wrong.
  48. Hopefully, you now have the ability to recognise a joke ;)
  49. As an elder, take seriously your responsibility to nurture the young, help them in their careers when you can, and pass on your values.
  50. Stay fit, remain curious, keep your heart and mind open and celebrate coming into your own.  50 is what YOU make it – I’m fixing to make mine FABULOUS!

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