Creeping Up On A Half a Century

Difference in Ages

Roaring Twenties
Roaring Twenties
Toddler and 30 Something
Toddler and 30 Something
Toddlin' on to a half a decade
Toddlin' on to a half a decade
Half a Century
Half a Century

Crying Out Loud

When you are born age doesn't exist to you. Being different means nothing. Everything is new and exciting. You are amazed at the whole world, every single part of it. Even the corner of the ceiling seems to please and entertain you. Possibly you see things that no one else can see. After all you spend several moments smiling up at that corner cooing and squealing with delight.


Then as a toddler you notice that others are standing and walking and you want to do that too. How else will you get to the other side of the room where the cat is hiding from you? Scooting just is not fast enough to get to those things that have been out of reach for so long. Crawling works better but walking looks like the way to go. Is it worth it though if you keep falling on your bum each time you try? Well, of course it is! You get a little further each time you try, and you are determined to reach your goal.

Creeping Toddlers

A Decade Of In Be-Tweens

One decade and you begin to get numb to things. You start to think you know much more than you do. You notice if someone wears their hair different than everyone else, or dresses in an unusual manor from the rest of the class. So many things that you don't understand and yet you have an opinion,”They are stupid, gay, retarded, something is wrong with them.” You certainly can not be seen near these creatures. You have to have every new fashion and all the new gadgets.


The teens, oh what a wonderful age. Now you know more than anyone else around you. Especially your parents, they are so clueless. It's even more important to fit in than it was a few years ago. It is so important to be grown up and you can not wait to be “Free” from your parents. After all parents only want you to be miserable. They just take all of the fun out of your life. You don't appreciate the simple things in life. You can never have enough stuff.

Roarin' Twenties

Two decades. You can stay up late with friends and don't have to worry about being hounded about having to get up early for school. You can schedule college classes so you have days off. Wow, this grown up thing is great, you get to be on your own with no one to answer to but yourself. Except when your car breaks down and you have to borrow from your parents. Or when you can't pay your rent and utility bills. Having to work to make the money to pay those bills really sux! But mostly, “life is a party!”

30 Something

The Third decade, still enjoying life. Not as much a party, slowing down a bit. Your family is your world, friends still have a place, but you spend more time with family. Too tired to stay out late after working eight hours, cleaning house, making meals, and taking care of the kids. Going out on the town and hanging with friends has become a weekend thing. More often though, you enjoy having cook outs and bonfires with good friends, especially those with children. It's a nice relaxing way to socialize.

20, 30, 40?

Decade four, kids are getting old enough that you are not needed so much. The house is empty most of the time, instead of filled with your children and all of their friends. Now the house that was not large enough is way too big. Your eyes are beginning to break down a bit and you need glasses to read. Hair is turning gray in spots, fortunately it is easy enough to cover with hair dye. You crave the socialization of the second decade, but it is harder to schedule a time that works for all.

Half A Century Gone By

The big 50—fifth decade is just around the corner. In a year or two you will have reached that half a century. Simple things are what really matters now. You begin to enjoy sitting quietly in your yard observing plants and animals. Waving to neighbors walking by. You have so much more patients with your grand children than you ever had with your own children. Some days you don't move so well. Joints might be a little stiff and sore, but you keep moving to prevent them from seizing up completely. Seems every day is a beautiful day. You wonder how you made it to this age without noticing. You don't feel like you have lived a half of a century, you were only just in High School a year or two ago.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

We also fear getting there. I am one of those that don't look forward to it. I have no kids of my own so no grand kids to look forward to.....OMG I'm almost there...Yikes!

I don't want to wave to my neighbors..tending plants I love, but my neighbors are cantankerous to say the least.

Good article. Voted up!

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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, Cardisa! I don't think I look forward to it either but it is what it is and there is no changing so I accept it. I guess if you don't like your neighbors you wouldn't want to wave. Tending plants is good choice.

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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Thank you for this interesting digest of life from 0 to 50. Isn't it amazing how fast it happens?

Dardia, there is a lot to look forward to in the next 50. If you are on Facebook, you might like to visit and "Like" our Facebook page, "Not So Old Broads". We've been talking about living our lives after 50 with wit and wisdom, among other things, while we continue to work toward getting our website up and running.

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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I "like" Not So Old Broads on fb I'm sure I'll enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by and reading my latest article.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, putting it this way, it sounds so fast! lol I tend to break the mold really, because my 20s were married, my 30s were out on the town! and my 40s were a bit slower, now my 50s I am back out on the town! still dancing, but not so fast! lol cheers nell

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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello, Nell! I'm sure not everyone fits the mold I was generalizing. I was not that teenager or that 20 year old either. I grew up with a great respect for my parents and trusted in my mother's judgement. I'm certain, had he been alive, that it would have been the same with my father. I am not 50 yet but I think I'll still be dancing away when I am. +

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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I just celebrated 62 and...oh Yay!

There is so much to do and places to go and days to enjoy and on and on. Best of all I hope for the young people that they are accomplishing what they want and living a good life - these wonderful memories mike me smile everyday and look forward to more.

And another bonus - I decided to apply for Social Security. Why wait until I am 66? I'd rather spend my days freelancing as I am.

After menopause the Chinese call it the "Second Spring" - how fabulous to embrace this time of life rather than telling women it's a disease and they need hormone replacement therapy. No we do not.

Wonderful hub! Thanks a bunch and rated up!

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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

That sounds wonderful, BKCreative. I hope to be able to travel around a bit and really enjoy this world of ours. Still really enjoying my grand children, for now. They are such a blessing! May take them on a trip or two.

Second Spring--I like it! I'll have to tell my sisters that they can look forward to a "Second Spring." I think they would like it as well.

Thanks for the visit, the comment, and the vote!

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

As others including you pointed out...these descriptions do not fit everybody with one exception...the years do seem to pick up speed the older one gets! Ha!

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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

True, Peggy! It doesn't even fit me. Lol!

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Dardia, the years fly by far too quickly, I have just had my 58th birthday which was a bit of a reality shock, because I'm sure I'm still a kid....

Brilliant hub thank you.

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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Movie Master,

I believe you are still a kid. That is where we all need to be. Not quite Peter Pan but somewhere in that mindset. :) I think as we reach a certain age we realize that we need to be that child at times.

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