Nifty, Nifty, Look Who’s Fifty

Today is my birthday, and I’ve reached a milestone. I’m 50. I really never imagined myself at this age. It’s sort of snuck on me. But here I am, looking forward to the next stage of life, gray hairs and all. 

So how have I been? Two years ago (I gave myself some extra time), I made the resolution to be fit at fifty. I have to admit, I don’t have those Victorian babe arms just yet, but I am more toned than previously and nearly ready to move up a hand weight level. Whoop! 

I also have gone nearly completely gray. It’s a bit premature, but I decided during social isolation that I would stop dyeing my hair, and that’s the unsurprising result. It does shine terribly when it reflects the light during my online classes, and it’s become wispy and unmanageable, but what are ya goin’ to do?

Although there were some setbacks in my 40s, health issues, unemployment, Covid, and my mom’s death, I managed to write and publish a whole slew of books, install electricity and internet at the house, and adopt this motley crew of animal companions (I’m not an animal hoarder–nope). 

Most days are full and satisfying, allowing me to flex my creativity, and my pets make sure to let me know I’m valued (even if it’s just to open the food packets for them.)

My life here in off-grid rural Mexico is still challenging. Everything takes twice the effort with half the result. I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. I am grateful for what I have, though, and that’s enough for now.

How has aging been for you?



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5 responses to “Nifty, Nifty, Look Who’s Fifty

  1. Ann Torok

    Where did the time go? Lou and I cannot believe that you are 50. (Of course, we cannot believe that we are in our 70’s either.)
    Is the picture at the top of the post you or your mother? Love, Ann

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  2. I sure can relate. I turned 70 last year. I’ve learned that no matter how hard I work at my health there are those pesky genes. Aging past sixty is a whole new territory. The older I get, the less I know! 😆

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