Get ready for October. It is my annual birthday month celebration! I can’t believe I am going to be another year older. I relish the celebrations and love that a birthday brings but each passing year seems to fly by with alarming acceleration and speed. I like to say that having another birthday is better than the alternative of NOT having one. I still have a lot of life to live so I guess I’ll accept that they keep on coming.
I also recognize that with each passing decade, I have become a little wiser.
When I had my 30th birthday, there was the usual black balloons and over the hill banners. I didn’t really feel like it was a big deal but I did think that I had certainly reached some maturity. After all, I wasn’t just a twenty something anymore. I believed that I had figured out so much about life.
When I turned 40, my husband at the time thought I would be depressed about it so he sent me to Cozumel to try to take my mind off of being old. I think he was much more concerned about it than I was but I did enjoy scuba diving on my birthday. All in all, it didn’t seem like a big deal turning 40. I didn’t feel older than the decade before.
But when the big 50 was approaching, whew, it was different! It hit me that I was actually starting to get older and it was happening very fast. I couldn’t see where the time had gone. It also happened to be at a time in my life that was in great transition. I was going through a divorce and my kids were growing up. Perhaps that’s why it did have a greater affect on me than previous milestone birthdays. Now I look back only a couple of years and realize that my journey into the 50’s has taught me some great things. For the wisdom, I am grateful.
Here are 5 important things that I have learned after reaching the age of 50!
- With true patience comes peace.
- It’s really ok if not everybody likes me.
- Laughter is very sexy!
- I posses something that is uniquely mine. I am meant to share it.
- God IS there, ALWAYS!
I can’t wait to see what I will learn when I reach 60! Party on!