Fifty Is So Far Away

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How many times have you said that in your life? I know I have said it a lot and thought it even more. Above is a picture of me ( front row center) when I was 8 yrs old. I thought 30 was old back then. Now just a few weeks from my 50th Birthday, I have been hinting about where I am at in Life at fifty? 

I am not really sure how I feel about turning 50 yet. To begin with there is nothing I can do about it, and what would I do if there were. It’s all good. I am married to a incredible women and have four wonderful children, and son in law and a daughter in law. Three grand children, with twins on the way. That’s how life goes right? Married children grandkids, retire ect.  

At 50 its like ok what have I done with the last 30 years? Work, work, raise family. Now that kids are out of the house it is tammy and I. Oh and our year old yellow lab Booker “T”. 


Booker has kept us busy for the last 12 months. I am not sure what I was thinking when I told Tammy I wanted to get another dog. I had forgot how much work they are. He is a great boy, and he has turned my wife into a wonderful dog lover. 

On the 1st of September I turned 50, so I am pretty new at this 1/2 centry stuff ha ha. My family got together, and bought new wheels for my car, as a birthday gift. I was so surprised that they did that for me. It chocked me up when I noticed the shiny wheels on my car. They did a great job getting it done with out me knowing. It was a wonferful surprise. They are the best. 


What have I done with my life for the past 30 years? Just saying 30 years seem impossible to me. Where did they go? At twenty I never even gave being 50 a thought. It seemed so far away, and it was thirty years away. That is a long time, but it went by in a flash. I am not sure if those years passed so quick because my life at the time was changing so fast. Big life events happening one after another. Getting Married, having children, starting a career, all of these things consumed my life for the first third of the 30 year journey. 

I guess being so consumed with raising children and making a living, we forget to “stop and smell the roses”. We have all heard that many times growing up. Well I’m here to say, please take a moment and take a sniff.  Sitting hear thinking about it I do not remember stopping to take in what had happened during the past thirty years.  

Now and then I would think life is great, or why are these things happening to me right now? These short pauses did not really sink in, they were just snap shots of life at the time. 

Does anybody really slow down and take in what is happening in their lives as they’re happening?  Do we all just get through each day, and then look back and say what the heck happened?  

In this blog I hope to share with you different parts of my life before and after turning fifty. I am not sure what it will all look like as I spill it out onto my iPad, but I hope it might help a few of you stop for a moment in your busy lives to take a Snap Shot to look back on. 

Please share with  me some of your 1/2 century stories as you rember them. 

Until next time,

God Bless

John 

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