I am 50 years old. I am a woman and proud to be 50 years old. Driving in my car this morning I realized that I am more beautiful today than I was when I was half this age. I am happier than I was when I was 25. I am more confident, healthier, eat better, care about myself and my family and my friends much more; love more. I am certainly smarter.
I may wear reading glasses and I may have laugh lines, but I am close to the same size that I was when I was 20. I seem to have better control over my limbs. I took Tae Kwon Do in College and was in fabulous physical shape. It gave me a control over my body that I never had before. But now it seems that I know my limbs, my hands and feet, my digits, my backside, much better than I did back then. We are comfortable working together towards the same goals. Back then I had to convince my body parts to do things, even whip them into doing one more set of sit ups. Now I have a rapport with them and they tell me when they’ve done enough. I know when I just can’t go out tonight because my body just has to sit on the couch and rest. I know when I’ve rested too much and I have to burn off some nervous energy outside.
I did not know these things when I was younger.
At 50 I have a sense of humor. As a child I had a child’s sense of humor. You know; fart jokes. In my teens and twenties I couldn’t even tell a joke right. In my thirties I worked very hard memorizing long complicated jokes and loved telling them over and over again. In my 40’s I gained a sense of humor. I see humor in everyday occurrences. I tell others self-deprecating stories that we all find hysterical. I point out funny little tidbits to others so that we can laugh at the sublime absurdity of politics or business or other drivers.
At 50 I am more beautiful. My skin may not be as tight, but my body is healthier, my mind is sharper, and my soul is happier. I write this to let you know that in many ways aging is a wonderful journey. Enjoy every step.