Yesterday I celebrated my big 5-0! Actually, I continued the celebration since my husband managed to pull off a surprise party for me last weekend. So much for my post-race veg-out plans. 😉
Life has been pretty busy lately and I wasn’t sure what I’d say about my birthday until I remembered my first Friday Five post of 2017 set Five Goals On Turning 50. True to form, once I wrote out those goals I never checked back in on them, but I think I managed to achieve them all–especially if I can double count our European vacation as travelling somewhere new for fun and enjoying my children as adults.
But I’m not writing this post to re-hash my goals. Instead, I’m sharing five thoughts about being 50–with thanks and apologies to Rachel at Running on Happy and Lacey and Miranda at Fairytales and Fitness for taking liberties with the Friday Five link up theme.
Five Thoughts On Being 50
My first thought on being 50 is that I am much calmer than I used to be. Yes, I am still a Type-A over-achiever, but I have gotten better at not stressing over that which I cannot control. You know how they say, “You can’t scare me–I have children”? I think that saying gets truer the older your children get–not because older children are scary, but because you learn that mistakes will be made and overcome and they are stronger and more resilient than you think.
My second thought on being 50 is that life is too short to do things I don’t want to do. Whether it’s finish a poorly written book, run in miserable weather, or clean my kitchen floors, I don’t have time for that! That’s not to say I am done doing hard things. If I set a goal I will train to reach it–even in bad weather–and if we’re having company, I will get out the mop. But if I don’t have a big race on my calendar hitting the snooze button may not be worst way to spend a rainy Saturday morning.
My third thought on being 50 is that people matter most. I chose ~namaste~ as my “word” for the year, and I have been focusing on seeing the humanity in everyone I encounter. I was miffed at Starbucks for giving me only four days to use my birthday reward because I didn’t really want anything special yet, when I decided to use it to buy breakfast for one of the homeless women who warm up at my office Starbucks. She was grateful, but it was my heart that grew larger.
My fourth thought on being 50 is that I am so blessed. My husband and I are going strong after 29 years of marriage. My kids are awesome. My Mom is a rock. My friends are fantastic. I love my job and my colleagues make even the stressful times fun.
My fifth thought on being 50 is that it’s more important than ever to take care of myself. I am still crossing off all those doctor’s appointments that need to be made, and also trying to carve out more down time to tend to my spiritual and mental well-being. This is an awkward segue into my annual birthday message which I urge you to read and heed–even if you know the story by heart now.
Now, who wants cake?