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When the man turns 50

You could look back over the last 50 years with the eye of a detective, or with the mind of a poet. You could make your political and historical observations. You could list accomplishments of mankind or tragedies of nature.

But if you were turning 50, what would you do? Perhaps I should ask, what did you do?

This weekend I will get the opportunity to watch my husband turn 50 years old.

Rett Godbold

He's still a "hottie!" -even at 50.

 He’s often said he didn’t want to think about it. But this week, he’s really been quite a trooper. I even teased him gingerly last night and he responded with a kind hearted gesture.

This all got me thinking, seriously, what are some of the “turning 50” thoughts people have? So I asked around and here’s what I found (actual responses):

From a 62 year old: “I went back to school to get another degree. I already had a Master’s, but wanted to change to a job I’d like better. So I put it all on credit cards and got another degree. It was worth every penny!”

From a 49 ¾ year old: “I’m not happy about it (turning 50). Birthdays have never bothered me before. I don’t know why this one is.”

From a 60 year old: “I thought, well I’m at the half way point.” When asked if she thought she’d make it to 100 she replied, “With the good Lord above. I’m praying to the Master that I will.”

From a 51 year old: “Life would only be better from here on out.”

From a younger friend of a woman turning 50: “Damn! I can’t believe she’s that old.”

No matter which way my husband looks, forward or backward- or some combination of both, I hope he’ll be pleased with the 50 years he’s had and all the years ahead.

I know I’m looking forward to many, many more together.

Happy Birthday dearest!

PS-Make it a great life or not- the choice is yours.

| birthday, love, reality, wisdom | February 25, 2011

About the author

Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

3 Responses to "When the man turns 50"
  • Glad Doggett February 26, 2011

    I turn 43 this weekend. It’s so much harder for women to age gracefully.

    But …

    Today, I cycled around an amazing city for almost 5 hours.

    I saw an bald eagle perched in on a limb, majestic and regal.

    I ate more than I should have at Ruth’s Chris (a big splurg for us).

    And I shared it all with my best friend, my companion, my confidant, my lover, my husband.

    Not bad for a 43 year old woman.

    Today is exactly how I wanted to celebrate my time on this glorious Earth.

    I’ll take 43 more.

    Life is too short to worry about the number, the wrinkles, the gray hair, the curves. Who cares?!

    Happy Birthday to your husband. Yes, he’s a hottie!!


  • Wynn
    Wynn February 28, 2011

    Happy Birthday to Glad!
    Sounds like it was a fantastic day. Woo Hoo
    ps- you agreement about his “hottie” status will make the day. Can’t wait to tell him:)

  • Clara Lombardi February 28, 2011

    Happy Birthday to your husband, Wynn! I turned 51 just a few days ago. Turning 50 wasn’t hard for me, but it did make me thoughtful about where I wanted to be as I turned 50. One of my biggest realizations was discovering how much it mattered to me to be genuinely fit, not just looking ok. Which resulted in me losing about 12 or 13 pounds by that birthday and some inches, and since then a total of about 25 pounds, and even more inches! And I feel great!

    The other thing was realizing how much it mattered to create a business of my own again. And, of course, you know that’s how I came to be in Uplevel Your Business.

    I think with both of those things, and other things in my life now too, there’s a depth to it. They’re not surface, they’re something growing from the inside out, and I think that has a lot to do with being this age.

    So Happy 50 to your husband, and many more!!

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