Is 50 really the new 30? I will say that 30 something is the new 50 for the weather in Texas the last couple of days …our last little cold snap. Of course, I am not talking about the use of this saying about the weather. I hear the expression all the time from my friends. Someone is always saying, “Well, you know, 50 is the new 30.” Which I guess is replacing 40 as the new 20. So, do I look and feel 30? Yes and no, maybe in mind and spirit, physically I am not so sure. I notice a few more aches and pains these days, that I did not have in my 30’s.
I suppose the expression does hold true in some way. At 50, I started a new chapter in my life. When I was 30, I would never imagine that I would be where I am today. I certainly did not imagine myself being single. In some ways, I feel like I am the Julia Roberts character in “Eat, Pray, Love.” I see things so much more clearly now that I am older. I know so much more about myself now, than I ever did at 30. I am stronger, smarter and more independent than I have ever been in my life. I have grown so much in just the past couple of years. I know who I am, what I want, and am comfortable with this knowledge. I have a new confidence to go along with the new independence I have acquired. Sometimes it takes major life changes to make you realize everything you may have thought you knew and wanted, in your younger years, may not be what you really need nor want now.
The world awaits me and there is so much still out there to do and learn. Turning 50 something does not mean you are getting older, it only means that you are at another chapter. Life is not winding down, it has only just begun. Yes folks, I believe 50 is the new 30 for this woman!