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.
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.