Monday, November 29, 2010

Pushing 50!!!

 Lordy, Lordy, look who's having a birthday? A BIG birthday! The BIG 5-0!


And I really can't wait. 

My 50th birthday is this coming Sunday (December 5th). It's a birthday that I've been thinking about since, well, since I turned 49. Decade birthdays seem bigger somehow...and turning 50 feels HUGE.

I think the first six months of thinking about it felt a little overwhelming and I'll admit, a little discouraging. I was stuck a bit in thinking about what I hadn't accomplished, what I might never get to do...

But then my thinking started turning around. Turning 50 was better than the alternative (not making 50), so I decided I might as well enjoy it! And in a weird sort of way, getting laid off six months ago (yes, it's been six months) provided me with just the right kick in the pants that I needed. I'm not recommending being laid off to anyone. It sucks. But if it's going to happen, you might as well figure out a way to make it the time productive for you. 

And so I started thinking not about what I hadn't done, but what I wanted to do. I firmly believe it is never too late to pursue your dreams. Whatever time we have on this earth is meant to be enjoyed, doing what we love to do.

So I started looking at 50 as the age of opportunity. Turning 50 can be liberating in many ways. My kids are grown (more or less). I have more freedom to do what I want. And I really don't need anyone's permission any more. Ha!

So I'm cruising into this birthday week filled to the brim with excitement. I have lots of fun planned. I'm kicking the weekend off with an open studio event--Lowertown First Friday. Stop by and celebrate with me! 

And then, my very best friend, Julie (who also just turned 50) is coming to town and we plan on celebrating 50 together! 

To top it all off-- my hubby is paying the program fees for the WARM program for my birthday present. (Being married to someone who "gets" you is like a present everyday.)

I am a lucky girl!


Liz-AnnasOnTheLake said...

Happy 50th, Risa! You're definitely right about it being so much better than the alternative so we might as well enjoy it. It sounds like you have the right attitude to make it a memorable decade!

Gloria said...

Risa, Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your 50th. Been there, done that. I can't remember how I felt when I turned 50, but in a couple of years I'll be looking at another decade in my life and hey!, bring it on. Life is toooooo darn short so lets enjoy it. I'm going to an antique shop today to see what I can find. Take care and enjoy, enjoy and keep enjoying.

pinkglitterfae said...

Great attitude, I think Oprah was the one who said that she loved her 40's but that her 50's were even better.
The best is yet to come
Happy 50th!

AZviaTx said...

Welcome to the "Fun for Lunch Bunch". I turned 50 in October. I get what you mean by not asking anyone for permission. It's very liberating to say "No". Or, "I don't like that". And, flipping the coin, you are free to say "yes" to those things that were somehow being held out of reach. While I'm sorry you got laid-off, I know that TIME can be a welcome gift. Use is as you wish you always could've. Then, a newer, more fabulouse, career will open up for you. Good luck. Have fun with your friend. My best friend, in MN, turned 49 a few weeks ago. Love having someone so close. They just get it don't they? And a great hubby man too? You are blessed already dear.