On Turning 50 and Becoming Myself

Today is my birthday. Funny thing about turning 50. There’s a lot of mental hoopla. And then you arrive at 50 and you just keep living. You’ve made it. You survived yourself and all your bad choices. And the prize for that is to keep living and squeezing all the wonderful joyous moments you can get from the rest of your life. SnowTurning 50 on

Highlights along the path to my momentous occasion are finding my husband after a whole miserable lifetime of another marriage, and having two kids, one at age 38 and another at age 46. This miraculous feat by the way, indicates I’m due for a long long life. I’m built for distance.

So in knowing that, I want to wisely spend the rest of my days purposefully living and using my skills and talents to make our world a better place. I don’t know how this will all pan out but I swear I’m gonna have fun doing it. And I’ll have a functional happy family to do it with. The going is gonna get tough on occasion and I want to be resilient enough and wise enough to weather those patches with dignity and clarity. I’ll keep building my esteem and bearing my soul.SnowTurning 50 on

So here’s to turning whatever age you will be with grace and good humor. Because everything else is no longer yours to control. You just need to make the very best of your life and body and soul in every way you possibly can. Be present, be patient, and be wondrous.

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8 Responses to “On Turning 50 and Becoming Myself”

  1. Mala Burt says:

    Happy Birthday, Shalagh. Fifties are a terrific decade, as are sixties and seventies (so far).

  2. Dawn Pearcey says:

    Happy, fabulous 50th, Shalagh! You are full of good humour & grace & creative wonder! xo

  3. Happy, happy! You are so honest, brave and clear-eyed. Enjoy!

  4. Ann Davis says:


    From the perspective of 20 years your senior, I’d just like to say that you already demonstrate a lot of humor and wisdom. I think you’ve got it right.
    So, keep on keepin on just the way you are.

    • Shalagh says:

      Thank you so much Ann, fellow Virgo, for taking the time to write this to me. I really appreciate you and your kindness always! And yup, I’m gonna keep going no matter. I can’t stop now.

  5. Karen B says:

    My favorite decade so far! Welcome to the party!

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