I can’t believe it. I just turned 50. I definitely don’t feel fifty and I hope I don’t look fifty (at least what fifty look liked back in the day). Birthdays have always been a little depressing for me because it just means I am getting older ( and that much closer to the end of my life. I know, a little morbid. Can’t help it) but I am working hard on having a different outlook on birthdays and aging. One defining moment that helped me in this process was in graduate school several years ago when one of my professors said he felt life really begins at 50. When he said this I felt a wave of relief and inspiration. He explained that by 50 you are reaping the rewards spent being a parent, your career is well established and you are still young enough to live an active and full life. Now that I have hit this milestone, I totally agree. My children are young adults living their lives, I enjoy my job and I am earning the most I ever have (social worker so not rich, but thats okay) and aside from a few weird age-related aches on occasion I feel like I am not a day over thirty. And as a bonus, I have the best, supportive, good looking and loving boyfriend. Life is good :).
As I enter this new decade I have vowed to myself that I am going to enjoy every minute of it and do things that I would not have normally been able to do ten years ago when I was in full blown parent mode, lack of funds and time. Along with one of my bff’s (I know, 50 and still using that acronym. I did say I still feel like I am in my 20’s, right?) we made a list of just fun things to do, so I wanted to share this list in hopes it inspires you to go out an enjoy life. It’s good to be 50 🙂
- Pine Street Market
- Hike through Forest Park
- Walk the waterfront
- Electric bike rental
- Visit museum
- Sauvie’s Island
- Top Golf
- Farmington Garden-Unger Farms
- Stern Wheeler-80’s dancing
- Hood River
- Go see Hit Machine and Big Yellow Taxi
- Harvey’s Comedy Club
- Train to Seattle
- Line dancing lessons
- Edgefield Ruby’s Spa
Just for fun I added a few photos I have title, “Since turning 50.”
Top Golf with family
And a little bit of this…….
So much fun at my 50th bday dance party!
15th Annual Girls Weekend. Love my Tribe
One of my favorite things to do……spending time with this one!
Ilani Casino, Amy Shumer show and jello shots that we snuck in!
Party at Cook Park with the band Hit Machine and my hot bf.
ENJOY 50 BECAUSE IT IS FABULOUS!!!!!