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Reflections on Fifty

Posted Jul 26 2012 1:10pm

Today I celebrate my first fifty years and look forward to the next fifty. If my life were to end now, it would have been a rich, full, rewarding and happy life…full of lessons learned, achievements won, love shared, and dreams fulfilled. But…this is only the halfway point….a time to reflect, a time to dream, a time to plan, a time to hope for the future…

Fifty is Fabulous! I’m not talking about Fifty Shades of Grey (not on my “to read” list)…but I thought that I would share “Thoughts about Fifty” from the book that I am reading currently….Diane Keaton’s memoir “Then Again”. As I was reading yesterday, I came to a passage where Diane talks about Goldie Hawn. I’ll edit Goldie’s comments (removing the parts that talk about fame)…I like what she had to say….

“The interviewer asked, “What’s better about being fifty than twenty?” Goldie plunged in with something like “Being a great mom; learning to grow up and love yourself for who you are; letting people be who they are; learning to be spiritually aware; learning to grow into self-esteem. Those are some of the reasons why being fifty is better than being twenty.”"

I like Goldie’s list…and I could add to it, of course. I’m a much stronger person than I was at 20…and I’m even happier with how I look at 50 than I was at 20….grey hairs, wrinkles and all! ;) I embrace every high and every low that I’ve face along the road up to this point because they’ve shaped the woman that I’ve become. I look to the future with equal anticipation for the highs and lows that will shape the woman that I am meant to be.

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