I recently had my 50th birthday, and I’ve got to say that this age is awesome. The pressure is off, and not because of other people, but because I’ve realized that most pressure was an illusion, anyway. I know that a lot of people dread this age, and I’d like to set those folks at ease.
Here’s a few reasons why this age is amazing:
- I’ve learned that personal success is highly overrated. Earning lots of it costs too much in terms of things that really matter, like relationships and family time.
- People at work who don’t know me think that if I’m still here and have this much gray hair I must be important. It takes them a while to figure out that they’re wrong.
- I’m no longer expected to do any heavy lifting. My wife now sees me carrying a box and acts as though we’re seconds away from having to call an ambulance.
- I can really talk to young waitresses, clerks, and gals who cut my hair without them thinking that I’m hitting on them. Big bonus! Being considered a father figure is more fun than being considered a flirt, a prospect, or a stalker.
- My kids are grown, but still my friends. This means that I can enjoy watching them figure things out on their own, which is a whole new kind of fun. If they decide to ask me for advice I get to decide if I want to give it to them. What fun!
- I’ve learned that people change. This means I don’t have to measure a person (or myself) by who they are today, but can look forward to seeing who they will become in 5 or 10 years. Yes, I said “5 or 10 years”, which by the time your fifty isn’t really a long time.
There are more reasons, but I’m going to exercise another perk of being 50 and decide not to explain myself.
So if you’re on your way to turning 50, RELAX. Being 50 rocks.