Creeping Up On A Half a Century
Difference in Ages
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.
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.
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!”
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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