I can barely bring myself to think about the fact that I will be 50 on June 22nd. I was born in 1958. So were Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer, the peace sign, and the 64-color box of Crayola crayons.
Jamie Lee Curtis, whom people say I resemble, is topless on the cover of AARP magazine. Did you know AARP starts its mailing notices to “seniors” at age 47? Boy, if that isn’t enough to make you feel old!
The gorgeous, if not dumb as a box of rocks, Sharon Stone reaches the 50 mark this year. Holly Hunter and Ellen DeGeneres are both 50. Don’t they all look grand? That’s what everyone says: “Oh, she just looks great for 50!” We all would look great if we had nothing to do but exercise, eat right, and go to the plastic surgeon for the rest.
The Gibson Flying V guitar, born 1958 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, hits the half-century mark this year. The Flying V was used by the great blues player Lonnie Mack, 66, and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, 59. Jimi Hendrix, who used the famous Sunburst Flying V, didn’t make it to 30. Metallica’s lead guitarist, James Hetfield, lucky to be 44, plays a Flying V.
Experts say these are the best years of a woman’s life. We now have time for reading, sex, and gardening! In reality, a woman is lucky to have time for anything more than work or care giving. Many women are in that Sandwich Generation – taking care of kids and aging parents simultaneously. Some are raising grandchildren. One thing I know for sure, life is more than sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
What is so great about turning 50?
Just the fact that I’ve lived this long is probably something to be thankful for. A significant percentage of the population of Ancient Rome never made it to 50. If you lived to be 30 in the Middle Ages you were considered old. In the 17th Century, most adults died in their 30’s. Elvis was dead almost seven years before he turned 50. Experts say women feel 12 years younger than their actual age and can expect to live 32 healthy years after 50, outliving their spouses.
Since I have approximately 30 years left on planet earth, I’ve set some goals. I’ll take a trip to New Orleans, drink as many great IPA’s as possible, and learn how to download music. I’m not a luddite; I just haven’t had the time. I plan to learn sign language, make more money, and discover some great new music (your suggestions accepted). I’ll get a tattoo, lose 10 lbs, and communicate more effectively. I’ll write more.
Maybe I’ll look back on this year of my life and remember that the United States was in a recession, 5.5 million people were out of work, and gas prices hit an all time high of $4 and think “Ahhh, the good ‘ol days!”
“Revel in the gift of time, for every year brings the magical opportunity to write a new chapter in the book of life.” – Isadora JamesPowered by Sidelines