Scallywag

You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.

~ Bob Hope ~

Can You Really Have a Happy Birthday at 50?

February 14th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 28 secs

Yay for happy birthdays!

Now if you happen to be fifty something or over, stop laughing and saying, “Can you believe this guy is fussing about fifty?”  It’s just that for everyone approaching the big five-oh, it’s a major birthday date.

Back when I was a lad and we had dinosaurs in the yard, “50” meant having one foot in the grave. But things have changed, and it’s not just me. Sure, the hair on the top of my head has fled, and yes, there’s a superbly muscular torso down there somewhere. But in the meantime, everyone has started thinking differently about later birthdays.

The saying “fifty is the new forty” (or even thirty) came along. But now, even that seems out. Whatever your age, who cares? You no longer have to give up being young.

I admit I was feeling a bit nervous about this birthday. When Ruth asked me what I’d like, I felt a bit like a bunny caught in a headlight. I kept wondering whether it was really possible to have a happy birthday at fifty. Or, whether it was really going to be a “Sorry I’m fifty day, but let’s have some cake anyway.”

Well I can tell you, the view is good. Fifty feels fine because I love and know I’m loved. I care about people and feel the humbling warmth of kindness in return. It’s like the elixir of life: a secret fountain of youth.

So whether you’re nearing fifty, or reaching way past the speed limit, it’s a happy message. Even if fifty is a hundred gazillion thoughts away the news is still all good. You can have a happy birthday at any age, simply by finding some “someones” to love.

That’s why I say make loving your family, your partner, and your friends a priority, and do it in ways only you know how. In case they don’t get it, keep showing them right up until they do. By being someone to somebody every age is a good age and every birthday…well, you know what I’m going to say.

 


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