"The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles." *-* Sigmund Z. Engel
On Thursday April 28th, the LadyPhoenix, the Diva, the Grand Empress, Moi will be 50 years old. I suppose it's a blessing, I should be and am thankful I've reached this milestone. In the first half(1961-2011) I lived from day to day as I pleased in childhood, then adjusted to being a responsible adult without giving thought to being 50 but now as I stand on the hilltop and prepare for the journey down I have to wonder: What's in store? I know what I'd like to do but what does the Creator have in mind? Can't question that though can I?
When I was 20 I thought of being 50 as ancient, just totally OLD! But now that I'm here, I don't feel OLD. I'm curious about this number 50 so I turned to my teammates at the All My Children Fans team and I am amused, comforted and inspired by what they had to say:
"Sure you'll probably slow down just a little and realize you can't do things as fast as you used to...face 50 without fear! You're awesome now and always!" BEEJAY49
"Age ain't nothing but a number" CYNDIEMOORE
" 50 was a breeze, 60 has me with aches and pains but like the energizer bunny I keep going!" "BONBON561
...aren't you glad you're coming of age now?! 50 is the new 30! We are all only as old as we allow ourselves to be... JAXMOMMY
I can always count on the Pine Valley Posse(that's what I call my girls) to make me smile, giggle or laugh my considerable tuchus off! Thanks ladies!
"Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age."
That unattributed quote holds much truth. On Sunday, I had a conversation with our church's oldest member Ms. Ruth and told her I'd be 50 on Thursday to which she replied, "Child, you still a baby! Hee hee hee" I guess I would be to a 96 year old. The thing is inside I still feel as I did at 25 and sometimes the little girl in me rears up to make me feel as I did at 10 but then hotflashes and lower back pain remind me I'm not 25 any more and I'm definitely not 10!
Why is turning 50 having this effect on me? When I turned 21 I partied like it was 1999, I was too busy to notice 30, I thought 40 would be no problem but 50 so far 50 is a head game...
"The only adivce I can give on turning 50 is what my grandfather told me: 'Don't ever get old: It's an SOB!' The thing is HE'S RIGHT!" ANGELFINDER
There are things I like about seguing into old age: 1) I'm no longer expected to breed. 2)I can get discounts from my AARP memebership. 3)I don't worry about fitting in any more. I just do what feels right to me. But then the things that irk me: 1)Being ma'am'd by litle kids and teenagers, 2) being expected to dress AC(age correct). I still have a platform shoes, halter top and short skirt state of mind; and 3) being let down when I think a younger man is hitting on me and then he starts ma'am'ing me. I think I still look pretty good, I lost the weight, I work out, I'm mentally sharp so it's possible some 30something could be interested. Not that I'd want to date him but it's just the thought that counts.
More quotes on life after 50:
"Grow old with me, the best is yet to come." ~Robert Browning
"A woman is always younger than a man of equal years." ~~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"I'm aiming by the time I'm 50 to stop being an adolescent!" Wendy Cope
"Old age isnt' so bad when you consder the alternative." *** Maurice Chevalier
"LIfe begins at 40-but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight and the tendency to tell a story to the same person 3 or 4 times." ~William Feather
"Youth is a gift of nature but age is a work of art." ~~Garson Kanin
"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed." ***Charles M. Shultz
"I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!" ~~~Tina Turner
"I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." ````````Rodney Dangerfield
"If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself." ~~~~Mickey Mantle
Well said Mr. Mantle which brings me to this question: Have any of you noticed the people who spend more time in the gym are 40 or older? It's not all about aesthetics its' about living a healthier, longer life. And like Tina Turner we should give in to to old age, whe don't have to! I intend to go through this second half of my century with strength, courage, grace, dignity and beauty. I've got a mental Bucket List of things I want to do. Hopefully I'll tackle it one of these days and that includes seeing West Africa, getting a tattoo, getting something other than my ears pierced and learning to water ski. Oh, to be as fearless as JAXMOMMY!
I also have much to look forward too: getting my psychology degree, moving into my new home and spoiling my grandchildren that I'm hoping to have one day. Mostly though, I'm just looking forward to living!
I thank and praise The Creator for placing me on the threshold of the 2nd half of my century.
I'm #49.95+tax y'all!