The Other Side of 50:Who's That in the Mirror
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My name is Lew Newmark, and I have several hubs here on HubPages. After taking some time away from here (and writing in general) I'm back and I wanted to share what I like to refer to as my real life observations about living after we turn 50.
Hopefully I bring a smile to your face as I poke some fun at myself and others as we discover together "The Other Side of 50!"
What's that saying we all heard as a kid when our parents were listening to the news on the radio or on TV..."And Time Marches Onward."
It certainly does, but let's be honest here and admit that as human beings we tend to ignore time in this instance...usually. There's at least two instances that I can name where we just can't ignore the ravages of time.
Those Magic Moments
One is when our day of birth rolls around every year, in other words our birthdays, you know the day where guys don't act their ages as they flirt with a young lady at least young enough to be their "older" daughter, and the ladies celebrate their 29th birthday for the 15th time in 20 years.
The other time when we notice time marching onward is when we're brave enough to sneak up on our bathroom mirrors right after we drag ourselves out of our nice, warm and cozy beds, and what a mistake that is.
Do you want to know why that's a horrible mistake first thing in the morning? Well it may have a lot to do with this reaction..."Oh, Ohhhhhhhhhh!!!!!"
Yes folks that's the "Vocal" reaction many of us make the first thing in the morning when we see ourselves in the mirror. But this isn't the usual "Oh god I look like I haven't slept at all" mirror reflection that many of us are used to, noooo! This is the look of utter pain and confusion as we realize that "That can't be what we really look like at this age!"
My Own Mirror Moment
I actually had this realization last year (seriously, I did) after I turned 56 years old and that handsome devil who used to look back at me with a full head of hair, all his own teeth, and a still fairly muscular physique seemed to have either mutated or simply jumped ship..,coward!
In fairness I can sort of understand why this happened to me because:
- At 55 years of age, I'm on the "Other Side of 50."
- At 56 obviously my forehead decided it needed its own zip code, and left my hair behind.
- I've got a full upper denture because my real teeth decided to form a union and staged a walkout!
- In my advanced years I still listen to metal hair bands like Kiss, Judas Priest, ACDC and Iron Maiden so naturally my inner child is still rebellious...and my older self is just totally confused when I look for a mosh pit at local outdoor concerts.
The Elder Statesman
Naturally we all age, some of us do so gracefully, others like myself do it kicking and screaming all the way to eternity, so of course we have that insane reaction when we finally get a good look in that mirror, and the reflection that we see just isn't the fairest in the land anymore.
But to all my 50 and above brethren I say to you "Take Heart" because we shouldn't slip away quietly in the night. No as long as we're able to we should all raise a glass and toast one another because we've gotten this far, and honestly in many cases we've still got a whole lot of living left to do.
My Favorite Healthy Summer Drink
Okay time to be serious and share something with all of you "Youngsters" reading this hub. We all know that we can't actually stop ourselves from aging, but that doesn't mean we can't consciously do a few things to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.
I usually follow these three things to keep myself healthy:
- Sleep-six to eight hours of sleep daily.
- Exercise-walking, situps, and pushups.
- Healthy Eating-for me this is my most important of these three things.
I want to share what I think is a very healthy and flavorful Summer Morning Breakfast Drink...
The Blackberry-Mango Breakfast Shake
Here are two of my favorite fruits combined into one flavorful and healthy breakfast shake!
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blackberries
- 1 cup refrigerated mango slices
- 1 cup Orange Juice
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup low-fat tofu
|Serving size: 1 Cup|
|Calories from Fat||9|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 1 g||2%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 35 g||12%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 4 g||8%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 39 mg||2%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|