On the last day of November I turned 49.  There were a ton of Facebook greetings – that was fun! We had a good day with good food, friends, calls, texts, and a movie.

You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred. ~Woody Allen

I have a good friend who reminds me that ‘Getting old isn’t for sissies’. He should know. He’s so old that….nevermind. He should know because he has faced one health crisis after another and still arises each day with faith intact. So far in my life I have faced a few bouts of the flu and several episodes of cellulitis. Hardly the kind of health crises several of my friends and family have faced. So, I’m blessed.

I’m so old they’ve cancelled my blood type. ~Bob Hope

It occurs to me that I’ve missed my mid-life crisis. Unless I am to live to be 100. Everybody listen close… that’s not my goal. I think we should all have a healthy dose of “I want to be alive as long as I can” but at the same time there are some people I can’t wait to see again on the other side. I believe I will. Anyway, I’m too tired for a mid-life crisis. Well, maybe a red convertible …. but wild living, trading in my wife on a new model, getting frantic about all the things I haven’t done yet … I think there’s a reason I slept through my mid-life crisis. I just didn’t have the energy for it.

If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age. ~George Burns

Fifty is not really scary. Lots of my friends have already crossed the threshold. They seem well. My wife is past 50 and she is still looking good. So 50 doesn’t loom over me as if it were some giant cliff over which I’m about to mindlessly drive. I know too many vibrant people who passed 50 long ago and they have a great attitude about life.

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking in a week or two he will feel as good as ever. ~Don Marquis

I suppose I should offer some great philosophical pondering here …something that springs from the wisdom gained in 49 years of living that will offer meaning and hope to the process of growing a little older. Yes, a life lesson so keenly smart that it will light the way for the youngsters that come after me. hmmm. Maybe that’s what turning fifty is about. I’ll get back to you.

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain

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