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What I Think About Turning 50.

Updated on June 28, 2013

Biggest Birthday Ever!

So the time has finally come! I have successfully made my journey through that long and winding road, pushed my way kicking and screaming to a place where there is no return. Alas I have tirelessly made it over that proverbial hill.

June 22, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of my birth, to which I am very grateful for the suffrage that my mother invariably must have sustained. She never forgets to phone me up on the morning of my birthday and to relive the story of my birth from beginning to end. She does it with all my siblings, its rather very sweet and I never tire of hearing it.

This year however, it was extra special. What I thought was going to be a painful experience turned out to be quite the opposite. In my mind’s eye I imagined that when that stroke of midnight rang, that I would look at myself in the mirror and watch as I turned into a wrinkly, ancient, tired ole hag! Well I may be another year older but I still look the way I did the day before my birthday and that was a nice surprise…I guess what I’m trying to say is that it wasn’t as bad as all that. Looking back over the years I actually never thought that I would live this long, and if I had known this, I would have taken better care of EVERYTHING!! But hindsight is 20/20 and we can only learn from experience.

I guess that I thought about turning 50 too much, that is I saw it looming in the distance for quite some time and I feared it tremendously. I suppose that I viewed it as a death sentence of sorts, the end of youth, beauty and health. I know that is silly but there was always the thought in the back of my mind that my journey would soon end as there is more years behind me now than there is in front,(I assume). Truth be told, I think I had a harder time with turning 40, physically that is, I think I felt it more. That’s when the ole bones started creaking and the back started really aching. Yes I think it started then, so I need not have worried because according to the average 20 year old, over the hill had already been reached well into my 30’s.

Now what made this year extra special as I mentioned before was the fact that all my sisters (there are 4) all hopped on a plane and came to see me for a week. All but one is older than me and to say that I was deeply touched by them sharing my day with me is an understatement. I think that they were all just thrilled that I made it over that hill to join them….I imagine all my sisters dressed like witches stirring a huge cauldron…”Come on my dears…come join us on the dark side”…Yikes. Seriously, it really meant the world to me. We didn’t do anything extraordinary as far as birthday’s go, but the fact that they all took time out of their busy schedules really touched my heart. They bought me a nice dinner at a steakhouse, and what could be better than that? We laughed, A LOT, we almost cried a little and those memories are forever imprinted in my heart. In the middle of all this excitement one of my sisters even became a Great grandmother, yes that was great in front of grandmother, I won’t however tell which one, as I don’t think she wants to see that in print yet.

I thank them all from the bottom of my heart…

Top ten reasons why turning 50 isn’t so bad….

You finally qualify for the AARP discount, they are everywhere!!

  • You can join that red hat club…yay finally!

  • You are getting closer and closer to that age where you can say anything and get away with it.

  • You can basically wear anything you want such as glitter, big loud prints, (Flowers and paisley here I come).

  • You have become wiser!!!

  • You understand on a deeper level how important family is, especially your children.

  • You can finally Bedazzle all your denim!!

  • The need to impress people is gone with your libido!

  • You can start napping again!

    10. Its all down hill from here!


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    3 years ago

    Hey 50 ain't too bad, way past that mark. But like all things it's just a step along the way.... At least we ain't building a pyramid to live in for the rest of our lives. Love the family embrace and the future, it's has a very strong place/ grace to offer the world. A great embrace I felt from this hub from an oldie. The future awaits???

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    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Great think about awesome 50 you are so right.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Hey there sis thanks for reading. It definitely will be one of those birthdays that I will never forget only because all my sisters were with me. I really did enjoy the gifts you gave me I listen to them every night on my long drive to work...LOve ya and thanks a heap. Cheers.

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    5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

    Hey sistaI'm so sorry I haven't commented on this hub, well honestly I haven't been on HP at all in months!! I wouldn't have missed that trip for the world and it was quite nice watching the other sisters stirring that cauldron from a distance hehe I can't say much i'm right behind you and I 'm feeling that same fear you were feeling. But we can't go backwards so we must go on. I'm really glad you liked my gifts I gave you.Just remember I love you very much and hope to see you all again real soon:) ge

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Wow what a great thing to look forward to....cheers.

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    Kathleen Kerswig 

    5 years ago

    Great hub! I turned 50 almost three years ago and it was a great experience. I have been told that 70 is the new 50 so you and I are very, very young and so is your sister who is a great-grandmother! Life is good. Welcome to the club! Thanks for sharing your story here.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Thanx so much LongTimeMother ...cheers!!

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    5 years ago from Australia

    Fun hub. Happy birthday, ladyjane1. :)

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Thank you torrilynn I appreciate your nice comments....its always nice to get wiser Cheers!!

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    5 years ago

    @ladyjane1 happy belated birthday. it's nice to hear the perspective from someone who has turned fifty and how you realize that it wasn't as scary as you thought. as you age, you become wiser and filled with knowledge. voted up and shared.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Robie2 what a lovely comment and great attitude you have. I think it makes sense that once all the bs is out of our lives our golden years is where we may find happiness and contentment...cheers to you!

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    Roberta Kyle 

    5 years ago from Central New Jersey

    Hi ladyjane1, just stopped by to wish you Happy 50th. One way or another it sure is a landmark. Congratulations. I found 50 very tough as like you I thought I would turn instantly into a wrinkled old crone. Once I stopped worrying about that part of it, I started to really enjoy the freedom of being 50+. My 60th birthday was a breeze and by the time 70 rolled around I was happier than I have ever been. I think the trick is in enjoying the reality of whatever stage of life you are at and you seem to be doing just that. I love your positive attitude. 50 is definitely not the new 40 but neither is it the end of the trail. Far from it. Some of the best years of my life have been after the half century mark and I'm hoping for manymore to come. Happy Birthday. The best is yet to come:-)

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Thanx sister i will have to use that "senior" moment when its ya lots cheers!

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    Mary Gaines 

    5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

    Bravo sis.....having been able to visit you for your big day was a blast. I enjoyed our time together and cannot wait until you can come to visit joyed all our sisters and the laughter was so good for the soul. I loved the hub......yes and don`t forget now you can blame everything on having a senior moment....I use that one a lot! Love you!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Naomi for stopping by...I feel I also will enjoy life in my 50's...cheers!

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    Naomi's Banner 

    5 years ago from United States

    I think my hardest age to achieve was forty. Fifty was kinda non chalant. I have truly enjoyed life more since turning fifty I have to say. Great read.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks moncrieff I'm sure you will get through that rough 30th birthday just fine....good luck!

    Drbj hey lady how are you? Great to see you...I Will def read your hub as I can use all the help I can get...cheers!

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    drbj and sherry 

    5 years ago from south Florida

    Happy 50th birthday, ladyjane, you do not look a year older than 37 - trust me! If you would like to know some additional benefits of getting older, read my "Old Age Benefits."

    BTW, it's not necessarily all down hill from here - it's just that someone keeps making those hills steeper! ;)

  • moncrieff profile image


    5 years ago from New York, NY

    I'm glad it went so smooth for you! I'm myself dreading over the fact of turning 30. Happy belated birthday!


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