Monday, April 15, 2013

It's Official: I'm Old

I turned 50 on Saturday, which, according to SAGA, makes me old. I'm now classed in the same group as people who are old enough to be my grandparents.

Like I care.

Today I have a sense of optimism about the future. It could be that we finally have warm days and sunshine in the UK, or it could be that I've finally realised I no longer have the burden of being young. It's a wonderful feeling knowing you're free of youth and middle age.

My children are teenagers and, although they'll still turn to me occasionally, they are independent human beings and there is less expected of me in a society that prizes youth above all else.

In short, I'm happy. Very happy.

Roll on 60 and my first pension.






14 comments:

Lynda Alsford said...

Good to hear you being positive about it. I am 50 in June and you give good reasons for me actually look forward to it! Just think I will be eligible for Saga cruises!

Nearly Martha said...

Don't let it bother me at all. Glad I am still here to enjoy all this stuff

Chloe said...

Happy birthday! May God bless you and keep you for many decades to come :)

Fran said...

Welcome to your new decade! I turned 50 last year. So far, so good ... as long as I keep my high-magnification mirror tucked away in a drawer somewhere ....

Lisa Shafer said...

Congratulations on becoming old! (As Grandma used to say, "There's only one alternative.")
Since all women are old at 35, and in Utah, women are old at 30, I achieved the designation a while ago. :D
(Actually, I first got called "old" at age 24. I had a class of 7th graders, and one asked how old I was. When I told him, he called me old. When I asked why, he replied, "We're 12. You're twice as old as we are; that's old!" I could not argue with such logic.)

Dana said...

Happy birthday, Martin!

Martin Willoughby said...

Lynda: Nothing wrong with being 50, or any age for that matter.

Martha: You just get to enjoy more of it more often.

Chloe: He will...just to punish all my friends.

Fran: I can't wait to see what's in store for me now.

Lisa: Surely not that long ago. Five years? :)

Dana: Thank you young lady.

Al Diaz said...

Happy Birthday, Martin. May your days be blessed and you get as many happy hours as laughs your funny Fridays have inspired in us!

Martin Willoughby said...

Al: Now that's a blessing. Thank you

DRC said...

Didn't realise it was your birthday. Happy Birthday for Saturday gone. Hope you had a great day!!!

Aggie C said...

Old is a fluid concept. Many years ago, when I was teaching a class of teenagers with severe learning difficulties, and when I was still in my thirties, one of my pupils asked how old I was and when I asked her how old she thought I was she said shyly, 'Er, 88?' What would she say today? 'Good heavens, Miss, why aren't you dead?'

Martin Willoughby said...

DRC: It was calm and peaceful.

Aggie: Fifty years ago, 50 was considered very old, noe it's just considered 'oldish if you want to feel old'.

Jeff Hargett said...

Happy birthday! I'm still right behind you. And I love that photograph!

Martin Willoughby said...

Jeff: Being 50 is so liberating, you'll enjoy it.