Today is my 50th birthday.
AARP started sending me things last month. Much to the joy of my husband. He thought it was sooooooo funny to leave the mail on my desk, AARP invitation sitting on top. He’s lucky to still be with us. Truth be told, I certainly didn’t come running toward this birthday with open arms. In fact, I’ve a very hard time coming to terms with being 50. Half a century! Fifty?
HA! Isn’t that the truth? Growing up, if you wanted to know something, you looked it up in an Encyclopedia. If the Encyclopedia didn’t have the information you needed, you went to the library. In person. Imagine! It was a different world back then. Ok, just saying that makes me feel old! Do I start shaking my cane and yelling at the kids walking down the street? “Stay off my lawn, ya whipper-snappers!”
In talking with friends who have already crossed this bridge, I know I will survive. Tomorrow, I will wake up and it won’t be any different. Facing 50 is not earth-shattering. It’s just a number. But wasn’t it yesterday when I was 18 and the opportunities for life were greater?
Sitting here now, the possibilities for my life are still vast. Sure, there are things I may not be able to do any more. There are also so many new doors opening to me. This is an exciting time! Instead of dreading the Big 5-0 I am looking forward to the opportunities!
First though, we celebrate! I am going to Disneyland for the day! I’m going to wear a Tiara and a big button that says “50 and FABULOUS!” After Disney, I’m meeting an old friend for cocktails. After that, dinner with my children. Life is good. Very, very good.
This is going to be a great new chapter in my life! So, bring it on 50! I’m ready for you!