Half a hundred. That is how old I am as of 9:04 a.m. today.
Some would call 50 ‘middle-aged’. I suppose that is true, but I choose to think of 50 as a re-birth. A time of reflection – a time to look back on the past and recognize the growth that has occurred. As I do so today, I am reminded of moments of pain, happiness, fear, joy, and uncertainty. I am encouraged to worry less about things I cannot change, and to say no to things that do not matter.
I won’t lie; it is difficult for me to fathom that I have reached this age. My body reminds me often that we are no longer 20, my mind still remembers my youth as if it were yesterday. I vividly recall memories from my childhood, high school, and my twenties. Oh how I would love to go back and mentor my younger self.
The first thing I would tell her would be to stop striving for perfection; that only stresses you out and makes you miserable. Nobody is perfect. Next, I would tell her to wait for the man God has for her instead of rushing to get married right out of high school – marriage is such a gift when you marry your best friend. I would encourage her to not climb the ladder of success so quickly; there is something beautiful in pacing. I would remind her to call her parents more and not wait until she wasn’t so busy with her career – family is more important than your livelihood. I would steer her away from bathing in the sun and visiting tanning beds in an effort to keep the cancer away. And I would tell her every day she was beautiful, especially on those days that others told her she wasn’t. I would be her cheerleader; her biggest fan, and best friend.
I cannot go back in time. And to be honest, I wouldn’t even if I could. The experiences I have had over the past 50 years are testimonies. We all have them and I believe we have a duty to share them in order to help others.
Age is just a number and today, dear friends, my number is 50!
8 thoughts on “This is 50!”
Happy 50th Birthday Viv! You are rocking it! Enjoy!🎉
Thank you Susan!!
Happy Birthday, Viv! You look fabulous, and your attitude is equally beautiful. 🙂
Thankyou Laurel! BTW, I absolutely loved your blog post and photos of your Montgomery trip. My heart! Beautifully done and so well-written. Wonderful job my friend!
Happy 50th, and many more!!!
Thanks Ben! Good to see you on here, thanks for the support and birthday wishes!!
My 50 was on July 29th! Happy Birthday!!
Happy Birthday to you too Cyndi!!! I hope you had a great day as well!!