I am turning fifty and I’m stoked!
I am happy to make it to age fifty. How do you approach to turning fifty?
Let’s look at the science on how we feel about *old people*:
Negative stereotypes about aging are pervasive in America. Even many older adults embrace the idea that getting old is a bad thing—which means they’re doing potentially serious harm to their health without realizing it.
I have never really felt my age. I remember running a 100 mile race a few years ago. The male runner next to me finally asked my age. I said 42, and he asked if I was lying. Now, why on earth would I lie about being 42? Wouldn’t I bump that down to 39?
I changed my lifestyle in my early forties and lost weight and began exercising and never looked back. However, I’ve been feeling many health impacts of being fifty-we could start at hot flashes and move on from there..
To celebrate my full year at age fifty, I decided to take on fifty activities/projects. Some items I have wanted to do; some items are completely new to me; several are destined to push me out of my comfort zone.
Some activities will happen at certain times of the year, like celebrating my birthday in Grenada, running the Umstead 100, and the obstacle course race. Others may happen when they happen-like view a bald eagle or see a meteor shower. That may be very happenstance.
Others are pretty simple. Like, eat a new fruit. Grow some awesome sunflowers.
As of December 25, I have 51 items on my list. I reserve the right to add/subtract items from the list, but this is the back bone of the list.
Edited: I had knee surgery in April, so consequently some Project 50 activities are now off the list, and others could be rather “iffy” at this time. Time for a few revisions to the List!
The Project 50 List
Make a photo album/scrapbook of all my beloved dogs
Visit fifty parks, whether city, county, state, or national-??
Organize my photos
Find and attend a local yoga class
Make my husband a picture from his favorite flowers from our property
Attend an Ignite Talk
Update our wills, power of attorney, advance directives, central spot where all this will be stored
Give money to a homeless person without reservation
Attend a local festival
Break 24 hours at Umstead
Make a scarecrow for my garden
Start a podcast
Snowboard or ski again
Make a sock monkey
Run an obstacle course race-????
Be able to do a pull up
Get my CCW-Done!
See a bald eagle
Participate in a local clean up the river/lake
Update my resume
Try a dance class
Rebrand my website-done!