8 Things, All About the 50s

I have a birthday coming up in about a week and a half, and it hit me recently that I am now firmly on the back side of my 50s.

Just reaching a new birthday isn’t a remarkable achievement. If you’re younger than I am, there are no special words I can offer to lessen any fears of reaching this point in life.

That said, I do have something to contribute. There are some good things about being who I am today. While I think about those, here are 8 things that my 50s have taught me so far:

1. Physically, I’ve slowed down. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. I probably can’t run a sub-30 minute 5k any longer. The good news is that my stamina is still what it was. Given the opportunity, I’d love to get on my bike and ride all day again. While I might cover less distance in a day from what I did ten years ago, I can still ride all day, and I can live with that.

2. I’m starting to understand the phrase “eat to live”. I like to eat, and I love to cook, but I definitely don’t eat a lot anymore. Not even when I’m hungry. At this point, as long as the food is good, I’m happy to eat only when I’m hungry, and then only until I’m not hungry anymore.

3. What I’m afraid of has changed. In my late 40s, it was all about dealing with one of the worst bosses I’ve ever worked for, and allocating every extra dollar toward my mortgage, so if the worst happened, at least we’d have a roof over our heads.

Today, I’m worried about making sure there’s a plan in place if I die, and making sure I can keep earning enough to live on until I can retire.

4. I’m afraid of less. Yeah, I’m worried about those things above, but not much else. Trying to bully, or use name calling, or trying threaten me or my friends will not serve you or your purpose well. Look in the mirror pal, because that’s where the problem really is. You don’t scare me.

5. Diabetes changes, and so do I.. I mentioned this in my post last week about becoming a chameleon. Check it out if you want to know more about what that’s like.

6. As I get older, I am more interested in newer ideas, and newer ways of doing things. I look forward to learning more. Understanding the perspectives of people younger than me. Pushing my boundaries. The Great Spousal Unit doesn’t think any of that is true. I’m looking forward to proving her wrong.

7. That said, I’m as jaded as ever. My default position with people is still to look for the hidden agenda that a person is carrying around. I understand human nature, and I’m not usually offended if you act in your own best interest. But I’m not usually going to trust you either. If I’ve ever told you I believe in you, you are one of the rare people in my life, and I would go through hell in a gasoline suit for you.

8. You know what? I do take a risk now and then. I was convinced we weren’t quite ready to bring a new dog home, and when we did, I wanted it to be a small-to-medium-sized dog. Probably a spaniel mix of some sort.

Then I saw a posting about this loveable creature, and all reason went out the window. She’s been with us for almost a month, and is coming out of her shell more and more each day. She’s a shelter rescue, about 5 years old, she will eventually be about 45 pounds, and she’s a hound dog. Meet Sally:

Many things in our lives change over time, some stay the same, and some come full circle and become what they once were again. The important thing is to embrace all of it as much as you can, squeezing as much happiness from the process as possible.

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  • Vikki r6  On March 29, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Stephen, I truly enjoy your musings and insights. Hope I’m still reading them when you reach your late 60s. It’s definitely different from the 50s. Curious now, aren’t you?

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  • Rick Phillips  On March 29, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Hey with a pup like that what could possibly go wrong.

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