Sunday, January 16, 2011

Being Over 50: What’s the Best Bit?

What’s so fabulous about being over 50? According to WebMD, there are 50 Great Things About Being Over 50.The web group asked its readers as well as some doctors, “What do other women think is the best thing about turning 50?” A list was assembled based on the responses received. Two of the 50 great things about being over 50 resonated with me. Specifically…

14. “You know what you like and what you don't like. If someone is trying to talk you into wearing pink because it's trendy, you don't let them influence you. There's wonderful self-trust when you hit 50.” -- C. Northrup

47. “At 50, you learn the value of being passionate about something -- a lover, a career, your life. Passion is what makes you jump out of bed every morning, makes you love every moment in the day.” -- S. Mitchell

However, for me, the greatest thing about being over 50 is…

I have more time to pursue my interests and am healthy enough to do it.

After having our first child, my husband and I struggled for about 20 years to find time to do the things we enjoy doing without our children. We absolutely adore our children and feel bless to have our family. However, both my husband and I have lots of hobbies and interests that don’t involve our boys. When it comes to luxuries, time is the only luxury I’ve ever really care about. I love having time to stop and look at my surroundings, time to think about what I think, and time to experience new things. I love my family and friends, but I also need time to be alone. Now that my two boys are in their twenties, I have more time and I’m loving it.

What do you think is really great about being over 50?