On our family vacation, my nephew asked me this question. I had been thinking about turning 50 quite a bit during the past year, and despite the fact that the day (today) was only a few days away, had not formulated a response, not even in my own mind. Not a formal one anyway. But he asked, and I needed to respond. And I felt pressure to give the right response, because as an almost 18-year-old, soon heading off to begin his own adult life in college, he really wanted to know how it felt to be turning 50, an age that sounds old, perhaps?
I confessed that I had been contemplating that very question, because it was true, and because it gave me another moment to consider my reply. Then I took a deep breath and said, "I am grateful for my first half century of life, for it has been a gift, and I look forward to my next half century." He tilted his head a bit, smiled and seemed pleased. I think it gave him comfort to know that I regard this milestone, often despised as growing 'old', as an achievement I cherish and view it as a step on my continued path of 'life', a celebratory moment on this journey of mine to live joyfully for as long as I am given the opportunity to do so, perhaps for a second half century (or more?).
Happy 50th Birthday to me!
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