Tips on Gracefully Turning Fifty
My Fiftieth Birthday Party
Though its been some time since I was fifty, I remember it well! It is after all, just another birthday...turning fifty. However, to some people it's a traumatic experience, but why? Is fifty that much different than forty or forty-nine? Really? Fifty is just fifty.
Stop and think about what it took to get to fifty! All the things you've done and learned along the way. Your experiences and where your past has brought you. Sure its a milestone, but what kind of milestone is entirely up to you.
Turning Fifty Quotes
"Looking fifty is great - if you're sixty." - Joan Rivers.
"She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years." - Anita Brookner
"The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life." - Muhammad Ali
"I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent."
- By Wendy Cope
"You take all the experience and judgment of men over fifty out of the world and there wouldn't be enough left to run it".
- Henry Ford
"By the time we hit fifty, we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously, but never ourselves."
- Marie Dressler
"I should totally do the sexiest man still alive for AARP!" - George Clooney
Good things about turning fifty
Let's stop and take a look at the good things about turning fifty. What about fifty being the new forty? Looking back in history with medical advances and better health choices its easy to see why fifty can be the new forty. No old ladies or old men at the age of fifty...save that for seventy! (I know, all you seventy year olds are saying, no way, its eighty and so on.)
By the time you turn fifty, there's a good chance, your children will be leaving home and your life begins another phase. Now, it is just the two of you again. A time to start planning what you two want to do. You can go places on your own or you can stay home by yourself, its up to the two of you and no one else. You might even want to try something new. What about those dance lessons you always thought about? There's always that trip to the Bahamas you put off because of college expenses...Think of fifty as a new beginning.
Remember that saying, "Fifty is Fabulous". Be fabulous. Go for long quiet walks, they're not just good for your health, they're good for your soul. A time to be alone and reflect, or a time to share with your partner as you take in the wonders of nature.
What about senior discounts? Most places give discounts if you're over fifty-five but some out there honor you at fifty. I take a discount wherever I can get it, age or no age. Don't forget you can join AARP at fifty!
Oh wait, did you know Tom Cruise is fifty? What about Paula Abdul or Jon Bon Jovi? Do you see what good company you're keeping?
Things to do when you turn fifty
Rejoice! You've made it to fifty. Have a greater appreciation of life.
If you haven't been using a moisturizer (man or woman), now would be a good time to start. Keep your skin moisturized and soft. It not only looks good, but it feels good too.
Start volunteering. If you're still working, which most people are, still try to fit in a few hours a month volunteering and finding a niche to help when you do retire. Your help is needed in so many areas and in so many ways, even if its just making phone calls for the American Heart Association or Cancer Society.
Make sure you are ready for retirement. Get your finances in order, try to pay off some big ticket items so you won't have to worry about them when you do retire. Put some money in the bank so you have a little nest egg when you're no longer working.
Motivate yourself to take action...exercise. Take that walk or maybe buy a Wii so you can exercise at home. Just move more to keep that body in shape and limber. Plus its good for your heart.
Yes, get regular medical checkups. You knew this was coming. If you haven't established a good health regiment and don't see your doctor on a regular basis, now's the time to start. Speaking of health, make sure you have good eating habits. I'm not saying you have to drink beet juice, but eat more healthy. Include more fruit and vegetables in your diet. You'll be glad you did when you turn seventy or eighty!
Jamie Lee Curtis
Turn Fifty Gracefully
Accept fifty! Realize you have made it to fifty! So many suggest just making sure as you begin this part of your life you are happy and looking forward to it.
Writer Margaret Atwood said that fifty was a time "when we thought we were running away from the grownups, and now we are the grownups.”
Listen to people like Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Pfeifer....not Joan Rivers!
Remember you're still the same person you were yesterday, you know, when you were only forty-nine.
For women, wear lighter lipstick shades and longer skirts. Its more flattering and you don't look like you're trying to live in the past, or pretend your fifteen.
Remember you are simply aging, not getting old. Your frame of mind helps keep that difference in the forefront. Let your mind lead the way.
Make sure you get enough sleep so that you're energized and look rested not haggard or drawn.
F ifty is your new age
I t's time for you to turn the page
F orget the old and ring in the new
T ime to think about just you
Y our life's experience will see you through
This is a turning point in your life. Accept it with grace and fortitude. Get ready for the rest of your life. Enjoy what is and what's to come. "The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” –Madeleine L’Engle