Do you know what it feels like to turn
fifty? If forty marks the “over-the-hill” point, the 50th
birthday has to be a shocker. If you're just twenty one,
someone who is turning fifty may seem as old as Methuselah. You
simply can't imagine being that old.
Unfortunately, for those of us who have actually reached
this point, it can be a bittersweet coming of age. Geez, you
think, I never thought I could be so old.
You start to look in the mirror, squinting to find a new
wrinkle or some saggy skin hiding somewhere. You recently
noticed you can't read the directions and dosage of that
allergy medicine without reading glasses! Yikes. What's the
world coming to? When winter comes and cold sets in, you may
wake up with stiffness in your hands. These telltale clues only
confirm what your subconscious has been nagging you about for
some while now. Age is creeping up on you, and everything's not
quite as sharp as it was thirty years ago.
When you were twenty one, life was a long adventure that
stretched into forever. Now, twenty nine short years later,
with that 50th birthday looming, things look different. Now
you're smart enough to know that your long adventure is getting
shorter. This can be a difficult realization. You can't
understand why you never saw this coming, but it's just the way
In a crisis of this proportion, you need to look on the
bright side and regain some of your youthful optimism! Count
your blessings if you've taken good care of yourself. If you
haven't, then there's no time like the present to begin
corrective measures. Attaining a 50th birthday is an
opportunity to make an honest assessment of where you're at and
where you'd like to be a year from now. Analyze your lifestyle,
accomplishments and interests and see how you can turn the
clock back a bit. Some parts of life just irrevocably creep in,
like those darn reading glasses, reminding you that you can't
be twenty one again.
On the other hand, you've walked the talk in terms of
experience and challenges met. You couldn't have met those
challenges thirty years ago. Your 50th birthday should be a
celebration of youthful passion enhanced by marriage, children
and perhaps grandchildren, friends or just plain experience in
this great mystery of life.
All things considered, a 50th birthday is a milestone of
your journey through life. View that glass of lemonade as more
than half full and adopt an attitude that looks forward to all
Remember, it's likely you have many years before you and
more free time to pursue your dreams. Live life with passion
and you'll find continued joy. Fifty isn't old!