Fifty is Nifty





I can’t believe I am 50 years old! I always thought 50 was so old but now that I am here I actually feel about 39. Really. Well, ok, most of the time. All of my life I assumed I would have it all together by this age but nope, not there yet. I feel like I am always a work in progress. It definitely was the biggest milestone I have hit yet. Well, 13 and 16 seemed like big birthdays to me. I was just so damn excited to be 13. Really, I was. I remember it like it was yesterday. And at 16, I just knew I wanted to move out and be on my own. But turning 50 seems so final. Like there’s no turning back now. Ha! At fifty you are more concerned with your credit score and your cholesterol number than you are with what time happy hour ends. I don’t think I am a completely different person than I was a 28, just more refined and experienced now. Wait, I wouldn’t say I am refined. More like shaped and softer. By the time you make it to this age you become more thoughtful. This is my opinion. Wouldn’t you say so too?


There is some positives to being this age….. I now qualify for AARP. That means I get discounts @ Denny’s and AT&T, among other places. As cheesy as it sounds, I’m a lot wiser than I used to be. Not that the wisdom kicked in on my birthday or anything but I know it hasn’t been around for long. I’m still passionate about things but maybe a little less dramatic. Just in ways that I don’t sweat the small stuff as much as I used to. But then again, Zoloft probably helps with that.  Good, bad or indifferent, I am more settled in my life now. Sure it can improve in many ways but being comfortable and at peace makes a difference.


But the downfalls of being fifty are noticeable but not devastating. The most obvious and painful things would be menopause. Great Jesus, it’s like pregnancy and puberty all at once. For me anyway. You all have heard it but it’s acne, bloating, hot flashes and more. Good times! Then there is the panic of not being financially set for retirement and feeling like you have to rush to save more. You begin to notice REAL changes in your body and face as far as wrinkles and sagging goes.


Obviously there is a lot more pros and cons then what I just mentioned and yes, age is just a number. But it’s a very big deal if you have hit it. Trust me. All in all fifty is fabulous. Just to know how long ago it really was, here are some people and things that turn 50 years old this year too…..

  • zip lock bags
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Virginia Slim cigarettes
  • Will Smith
  • the Archies comics
  • Celine Dion
  • Calvin Klein blue jeans
  • lava lamps
  • bean bags




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