Turning 50: What It Means Nowadays To Be 50 Years Old

When I write my posts, I normally like to add either an infographic or a video to them, but not this time. For this post, I decided to write a more personal text and talk about how I see life now that I’m 50 years old. Let’s just say that this post is more of a “heart-to-heart” than an informative one.

Turning 50 is usually a big deal, and it can be viewed as the beginning of the end for some people. But not for me. Personally, I don’t see it like that, and I know I’m not the only one. That’s what I want to talk about in this post. Plus, a little bit of information.

Why I wouldn’t want to turn back the clock

Like I said earlier, I recently turned 50 years old and like each year, people say to me “So, how do you feel now that you’re ___.” And as usual, I reply “I don’t feel any different.” And my response is entirely truthful because I was never afraid of aging. I find each year and each decade to bring me wisdom and experience.

Furthermore, I wouldn’t want to turn back the clock and become 20 again. The past is the past, and I don’t want to relive it. I wouldn’t want to start again and become insecure as I was back then. Honestly, I am not very sure of myself today, but in those days, I was a complete mess, very anxious about everything and totally insecure.

Everything happens for a reason

But I don’t regret what happened to me in those days because it shaped who I am now. Also, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I also believe that everything is connected, and each event in our lives has a big repercussion on the next one.

After all, maybe I wouldn’t have given birth to my beautiful daughters if the events of my life would have been different back then. And maybe I wouldn’t have met my wonderful husband of the past 25 years because I wouldn’t have come to live in La Tuque. And I wouldn’t have met all the amazing people that I met over the years.

I am a quinquagenarian and damn proud of it!

Throughout the years, I gradually changed into who I am today, and it took time and LOTS of work. It wasn’t done overnight, and the transformation was gradual. However, I learned a lot about myself because of all the experiences I had in my life and the people that I met.

And that’s why I like being a quinquagenarian and I like who I became. It’s true, I may not be as thin, or I may not look as young as before. I color my hair because it is almost completely gray and I have bags under my eyes. But I don’t mind, I am proud to be 50. But all things considered, I think I don’t look so bad!

What it means nowadays to be 50

Today, people in their fifties look many years younger than quinquagenarians did 50 or 60 years ago. Back then, when you were 50 years old, you were considered an elderly person. Your life was nearly over because people died a lot younger than nowadays. It was the beginning of the end.

These days, life isn’t the same as it was back then. Life is much easier with all the technology and the modern appliances available to us. People, in general, live until 80-90 because, despite cancer and other fatal diseases, they take better care of their health. We pay attention to what we eat, we exercise regularly, and we have at our disposal all sorts of medications to help us heal.

Also, mature people have a lot more activities than before. We now know that it’s as important to have activities as it is to eat well. Furthermore, since we have all the commodities helping us, we have more time to do all sorts of things. That surely contributes to keeping us younger.

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Final thoughts

Turning 50 isn’t the beginning of the end, it’s the beginning of a new milestone in your life. Not only you have all this baggage of different experiences, but you also have numerous years ahead of you. Embrace your age, don’t try to deny it. Don’t try to dress as if you were 20, but don’t dress as if you were 70 either.

Retirement is usually just around the corner, and it will open up a whole new range of things to experience. It’s not too late to try to new things. Learn a new language or how to paint, travel or go for bike rides. But most importantly, just have fun. Don’t dwell on the fact that you’re aging, celebrate life and live for the future!

Turning 50: What It Means Nowadays To Be 50 Years Old

Over to you

If you already reached 50, how did you take it? And how do you live your life now that you’re 50? Please, I’d like to know how you experienced it!

And if you aren’t 50 yet, how do you envision the big 5-0? Are you afraid of turning 50 or are you excited to live this brand new experience? If you’d like, share your thoughts with us! I’d like to know what you think!

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16 thoughts on “Turning 50: What It Means Nowadays To Be 50 Years Old

  1. Fabulous insight, Nataly! Like you, rather than dread the change, I’m embracing it and writing about it. Age is but a number, right?

    Thx for sharing ypur 50th with us!

    Bren

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    1. Hey Bren,

      It’s like you said, age is but a number! I’m glad to see that you too are embracing aging. It makes us age more gracefully!

      And I can’t wait to read what you have to say about this. It will be awesome, I’m sure!

      Have a great weekend, hun! TGIF! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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  2. I turned 50 two years ago and it has been the best birthday celebration in my life! I am very proud to be 50 and have achieved amazing things in my life. It’s all about how you feel and the experience you have gained along your way is what truly matters. Great post and have shared it. 🙂

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    1. Hi Michela and welcome!

      Your view on aging is exactly like mine. It gives us a sense of pride to see what we have accomplished and all the things we have experienced during our lives. I’m also very proud to be 50!

      Thanks so much for your comment and for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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  3. Hi Nataly,

    Wow… when I reached 50 I felt like a Goddess. I fully agree with you when you mentioned that you wouldn’t want to turn back the hands of time in your twenties. Neither would I. When I look back at those days life was confusing. At 30 things seemed to calm down and I came into my own. By the time I reached 50 I was a wise woman. I did what I wanted to do and was more brave than ever. My confidence was high. I didn’t care what anyone thought of me like I did in my twenties. It was an empowering feeling.

    Now, that I turned 60, I can’t stop laughing because people ask me how I feel being this age. The same way I aways felt he he. I laugh because my body suddenly shifted and I look like a pear. But I’m working on that and it gave me a good excuse to throw out all my clothes and buy new ones. What fun!

    We are all beautiful women no matter what age as long as we are happy inside.

    -Donna

    P.S. I have to share this on my new FB Page because it is for women over 40 hope you don’t mind.

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    1. Hi Donna,

      It’s true that as we age, we care less and less about what people think of us! When I was young, I was so afraid that someone wouldn’t love me that it prevented me from doing a lot of things. And just like you said, being free of doing what we want is very empowering!

      You’re so right when you say that happiness makes us beautiful! And buying new clothes is always fun!

      Thanks for sharing my post on your FB page! I really don’t mind at all!

      ~Nataly

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  4. Hi Nataly,

    While I’m not 50 yet (I’m 43), I can sure feel time flying by. Something tells me it’ll happen sooner rather than later at the rate it’s going.

    But like you, I wouldn’t go back to my 20s either. I don’t miss those days to be honest.

    I appreciate what you said about how you wouldn’t change any of the decisions you’ve made. That’s how I feel. Everything is a butterfly effect, so if I were to go back and change one thing, it would probably change everything – and I wouldn’t be who I’ve grown into.

    I enjoyed the personal touch with this one. Awesome post Nataly 🙂

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    1. Hi Dana,

      Whoa girl, you’re 43? I seriously thought you were younger than that! But you’re right when you say that time flies by quickly. It seems a minute ago I was 40!

      I’m glad to see that you also wouldn’t change any of the decisions you made. Just like you said, everything is a butterfly effect!

      Thanks for your comment, hun! I’m really happy that you liked my post!

      ~Nataly

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  5. So true that people look and act much younger now than in previous decades. The phrases “50 is the new 30” and “60 is the new 40” are spot on! 🙂 I turned 50 in 2005, so that’s far behind me now, but I have fond memories of the occasion. My husband threw me a surprise birthday party at our favourite restaurant. Great way to celebrate the half-century mark. It’s wonderful to be comfortable with yourself and full of wisdom that only living so long can bring. The big 6-0 was celebrated at a Bob Seger concert. That’s a great way to feel young and alive! 😀 There have been more noticeable signs of ageing like increased aches and pains and weight gain (which I’m hoping to do something about), but those are par for the course and minor considerations. Life is good!

    Great post, Nataly! A huge segment of the world’s population is over 50.

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    1. Hi Debbie,

      It’s so great that you had a surprise birthday party when you turned 50. Just like you said, it’s a great way to celebrate half a century.

      I remember seeing on Facebook about you going to a Bob Seger concert for your 60th birthday. And you’re right, even though our bodies tell us that we’re aging, it’s great to feel young at heart and alive!

      So happy that you liked my post, Debbie! And thanks for your comment! ☺️

      ~Nataly

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  6. Hi, Nataly
    I just like you I don’t want to relive my past life in twenties. That period marked with insecurity and confusing.
    By the time I reached 50, I was a confident person . I was more sure about what I was doing. To hell with other people comments.
    Now I am 60 year old woman. I just feel my second life just starting to begin. I feel excitement even I don’t know why.

    Just like Donna Merrill’s comment: ” We are all beautiful women no matter what age as long as we are happy inside.”

    Good post, Nataly.

    Stella Chiu

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    1. Hi Stella,

      It’s funny to see that all the women who left a comment here wouldn’t want to relive their 20’s. For all of us, those years were filled with insecurity and confusion, but by the time we reached 50, we were more confident and free of what people would think of us.

      And you’re right, Donna’s comment is really accurate!

      Thanks for commenting, Stella! ☺️

      ~Nataly

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  7. Hi Nataly, I like how you wrote this, it’s so personal. When I turned 50, I felt awesome. I planned a trip with my Beau and all the kids. WE took a surf lesson together. (I didn’t do very well at it but we had a blast learning something new together). The only thing that kind of bothers me is how fast time is going. It seems faster with each decade that passes. Welcome to the club!!

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for the nice compliment! I would have never guessed you were over 50! You look really young! It seems that you had a blast on your trip with your family. Surfing must have been awesome! And you’re so right, time flies by more quickly as the decades go by. That’s pretty scary!

      Thanks so much for stopping and for your comment! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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  8. Nataly, turning 50 was a big turning point in my life. I really started to live the life I wanted to live. But my mom also passed away. I remember going to Boston for the day in February to go ice skating with oldest dearest friends (who I’d known since my late teens). We had a good time but I also remember my dad calling that my mom’s pain (from cancer) had really kicked in that day. It was a bitter sweet day. I became an empty nester that year and I also re-kinkled my love of my life friendship just prior to turning 50.
    (The following bday was almost my last as I was in a bad snowmobile accident.)
    At 52 now I feel better than ever 🙂 Age is really just a number Nataly.
    I hope you enjoy your 50s as I have.

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