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Half Century

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Some cool people turned 50 this year... Robert Downey jr, Brooke Shields, Viola Davis, Jeremy Piven, Diane Lane and Dr. Dre.

Oh and me. Yep, got my AARP card in the mail the other day. What more could a girl want on a day she hits a half century right?!


Before a recent 5K, my daughter said "Wow, you're gonna be 50, how does that feel?" I broke into my best Sally O'Malley (from Saturday Night Live) impression and said, "I like to kick, and stretch and kick, I'm 50!"

I wasn't upset about the day approaching, it's just a day, just a number. I did have a small moment though, missed my mom, missed my kids being little but it passed and I focused on my health for which I'm thankful.

I thought of my mom at this age and how I am MUCH healthier and MUCH more active than she was. Her declining health the last 14 years of her life is what drives me to stay fit and active. I run 5Ks, I enjoy kickboxing, yoga and bicycle riding. I ride a motorcycle and I love being outdoors.

There are some cool things on this side of 50....

You know yourself
You have a greater appreciation of life
It's easier to laugh at yourself
You know that eating right and exercise are the best medicine
You embrace your imperfections
You have a reason for forgetting things
You can learn to dance
You can learn to sing
No one cares if you're a bad singer
People expect you to be a bad dancer
Your inner confidence shines
You can go home early without offending anyone
You can enjoy being settled in life
AARP discounts are everywhere
You have more time to explore new hobbies
Nap time is fun again
Waking up too early and watching a sunrise
The amazing things you've seen that younger people have not
Your wisdom
Your ability to let go
Your ability to forgive others

I told everyone I did not need a big splashy party. I was so happy to come home from work, put on comfy clothes and veg out watching tv. I needed the downtime!!

Yesterday, I went to a local running path intending to check out the new bridge that connects two paths and run my usual 3 miles. As I got close to the three mile mark, I decided to run 50 minutes to celebrate 50 years.

I was out of steam at 38 minutes but I kept running....very slowly.... but I kept going. It felt pretty awesome when I finished that challenge to myself!!

Downtime is great and necessary every now and again but life is all about getting out there and living it no matter your age.

Oh and how bout those Cubs???! This has been a very exciting year! Could the Back to the Future prophecy come true??????? Stay tuned.

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  • GABY1948
    Happy, happy birthday...late but still mean it! emoticon emoticon
    1843 days ago
    The 50's were great. Enjoy everyday
    1850 days ago
    Happy birthday! I DO love your attitude.
    1852 days ago
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    By GOLLY, YOU DID IT ON YOUR BIRTHDAY! WOW! emoticon Kellie! I can only imagine how good that felt for you! I know when I had my first challenge of my 5K, walking only, and then walk jogging, and I started working up to jogging, even though it was a slow jog like you said, you did, I was working my way up to that, when medical issues got in the way, but I will have another change, but YOU DID YOURS and I'm so proud of you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, kiddo!


    - Nancy Jean -
    1852 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
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    1852 days ago
    And me!! I turned 50 this year too! I'm 50..... And, I love it!! Welcome to what I've been calling "our decade" for all of my high school friends on Facebook! Love your list of good things on this side of 50!! No wonder you know all the bands I love! I got to meet Styx on my 50th birthday! Happy Birthday!! Life is good!!
    1852 days ago
    When I turned 50 my mantra was "50 is only the half way mark and that first half was just practice. Now the world had better look out!" Now at 69 I can say that was pretty close to right. Add extra emphasis to all those things about 50 that you listed in your blog and put stars after them! Hope you had a great birthday and that you will have many more to come.
    1852 days ago
    emoticon Kellie and enjoy life no matter what our age is! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1852 days ago
    What a fantastic and positive blog - love it! You are an inspiration
    1852 days ago
    Congrats!! Happy birthday!!
    1852 days ago
    emoticon LOVE IT!!! Happy happy birthday!! and best wishes for another wonderful year!! emoticon
    1852 days ago
    emoticon emoticon welcome to the decade for those who have lived and insist on carrying on keeping young at heart.
    50 is the new 30 emoticon
    1852 days ago
    Brilliant! Age is how you feel, not your made on date. Love your post!
    1852 days ago
    I love that phrase, I am not getting old, I am getting better. Happy Birthday to you. Your are doing a great job of enjoying life and staying healthy/
    1852 days ago
    i had a younger colleague who was about 38 when my DH (just a few years older than me) turned 50. younger colleague asked me "how does it feel to be married to someone that OLD?" i had a lot of fun giving younger colleague a hard time when he turned 50 a few years back:-) it happens to all of us, and it is a great decade and your attitude is great!

    just wait until you turn 60 - it gets even better! !
    1852 days ago
    Another cool person who turned 50 this year? Me!!! I love growing older because it beats the alternative. I will takes every year, day, minute that I can get. Life is good.
    1852 days ago
    Happy Birthday! Great way to celebrate the milestone!

    Like Tortoise, I'm looking at 50 in the rear view mirror. I'm 68 too.

    Enjoy your healthy lifestyle!

    1852 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8113065
    At 69, 50 is a distant memory. But all of those cool things you mentioned get even better as the years go by. And it most certainly is easier to get older if you stay fit and active. We can't stop aging, but aging WELL is up to us and is within our control.
    Happy 50!!

    1852 days ago
    You've got the right idea! Age is just a number all that matters is how you feel! Feel great and healthy and age will not matter! :)
    1852 days ago
    I remember turning 50 like it was yesterday, except it wasn't. I am 68 now. What I do know is that I launched changes in my life then that have satisfied me and enriched my days ever since. The 50's and so far my 60's have been wonderful decades. So I think your blog is right on, dear Kellie. Right on.
    1852 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/27/2015 8:00:28 AM
  • no profile photo RIDLEYRIDER
    Yup, this is the way to celebrate 50! Enjoy!
    1852 days ago
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