I am having a milestone birthday this year. I will be turning 50 on May 5th. It is hard to believe. I have had a good life, and time has certainly flown by. Am I exactly where I want to be in my life? Not quite — but I am still in a good place.
I have so much to be thankful and grateful for. I see every day as a gift from God.
When I look back on my tough teenage years, I am certainly glad that I held on —even though those were some dark days. I have had so many amazing life experiences and interacted with some wonderful people over the years. I have definitely been blessed.
Sure I have had my share of drama and hard times, but I certainly hope that those times have made me a better, stronger person. I have come to love and accept myself, after struggling with low self-esteem for years. I have also come into my own as a person and a man. Yes, I am an interesting person, and yes, I am beautiful in my own way. As the unique individual that God made me to be.
When I walk down the street, I can’t say I feel much different than I did in my 40’s. When I look in the mirror though, I am starting to see my features change — I am looking more and more like my brother (not that that is a bad thing).
I am thankful to still have my parents, and my siblings. And most of all, I have a wonderful life partner and soon to be husband.
I have yet to receive my AARP membership card yet, but I will take any discounts that I can get! But for some reason, there is no standard age for when you are a senior. For some places it is 50, others, 55, 60, or 65.
I want to continue to be active: to go on hikes, go dancing, bike riding and more. I want to see Madonna on her 70th birthday tour. I want to laugh and share fun times with family and friends. I want to travel and see more of the world. There is much to look forward to and feel good about as I head into my next decade.
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