On turning 50
When I was 46 I competed in the Tri-Zou sprint triathlon and finished in the middle of the pack for my age group. I was excited at the idea of turning 50 and competing in the 50-55 age group thinking that being the youngest might increase my chances for earning an above average finish time. But as 50 approaches in a few days, I realize that my idea of "Rocking my 50's" isn't going to happen. It's more like "Hanging on by a thread, body broken in many places, and exhausted in my 50's"
It's been a rough year. We downsized a bit and bought a new (but very old) home and haven't sold the old house as quickly as we would like. We have a senior in a varsity sport that is preparing for college. I run 2 small businesses (which I LOVE!), teach full time and have had a few minor health issues. BUT (and they always say what you really mean comes after the "but") I know there is hope for the future. Because if you know me, you know I can't stay in the dumps too long before I pull up my big girl panties, suck it up and look for the positives. And there is so much positive!
So here is my list of the FABULOUS things about turning 50!!
*I can write my own self help book about almost anything.
*I don't sweat the small stuff.....unless I stub my toe. Then anything can happen.
*I get to see my kids become adults.
*I can wear a lot of hats: doctor, realtor, chiropractor, personal trainer, car salesperson, banker, therapist, Uber driver....
*I am confident in my views and opinions because they are based on real life experience.
*I know that complaining and negativity are energy suckers and are not worth my time.
*I don't care what others think unless they are mis-understanding my intentions.
*I am confident enough to start my own business without fear.
*I know my wardrobe and realize that quality, comfort and simplicity is better.
*Dreams vs. Goals. I go for goals every time. I do my best to reach my goals and don't sweat it if I don't.
*I'm not afraid to try new things and I still love learning!
So maybe 50 isn't off to the best start, but I am certain it will improve and I will continue to be grateful for the many blessings in my life!