I just turned 50-12 and a half!


Meanwhile Bifocal Barbie reached 52 and a half!

A friend sent me this little essay on aging which I found both funny and poignant, and I immediately restarted my day in a new way.

george carlin

(This was attributed it to the late George Carlin.)

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions..

‘How old are you?’ I’m four and a half! You’re never thirty-six and a half.  You’re four and a half, going on five!

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back.  You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. How old are you? “I’m gonna be 16! You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16!  And then the greatest day of your life You become 21!  Even the words sound like a ceremony.  You become 21,  YESSS!

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone…

But! wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and make it to 60.
You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into ! your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again.. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3.Keep learning. ! Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s family name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6… The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it.. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9.. Don’t take guilt trips.. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

7 thoughts on “I just turned 50-12 and a half!

  1. Oh Emily I always love reading your column. If I feel down you always bring me back up. I don’t know how you do this but please don’t stop. It’s so wonderful to be so close to all our classmates and friends. I honestly think I hear from more people now than I did in school and I love it.

  2. The beauty of it is we’re all in this aging process together, something we
    cannot avoid. We still have a lot of things to mark off our bucket list before we get on that down hill speed. Mother told me she saw you on Wednesday and you looked beautiful! Like you said numbers don’t mean
    anything and who’s counting. Be good, see you soon!

  3. Norma, your mother looked so wonderful. I tried to get Kenny Dill to join us for lunch and he said “No, I eat at the Queen’s table..” She is still holding court. God Bless her!

  4. What a great piece! Yes, we are all in this together, and it’s all a matter of prospective, as to how we fare it. If you all haven’t read ” The Noticer” please do so. It is so good and it shows, again how WE control only how we perceive our destiny. Love and miss all of my Point Friends!

  5. Emily,
    Yes, it’s a small book, easy to read, but so profound. It’s a great read!

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