AARP Age....Now what?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-08-12 11:24:11 -0500
Started 2013-06-25 08:28:11 -0500

I have accomplished a milestone of sorts, I have reached AARP age!

50 years old!

So what is the big deal, other than being alive?
What happened to the "music" from up above?
What happened to the "earth shaking" vibrations that were to accompany my fifty years of existence?

According to AARP, so much is advertised concerning reaching the age of fifty, especially all that is "supposed" to come with it, benefits, breaks, etc., (colonoscopy excluded, i did it at forty nine).

Being "Alive" with the "Wisdom of the years" is great, depending on which way you decide to look at being fifty matters (fifty years old, or fifty years young).
Half of a century has passed, my how time flies, and i can remember most of it!
Unfortunately for me, sixty (maybe even seventy) is the new fifty, pushing it back a decade or two is delaying my celebration somewhat.

I kind of liked things better when i was 49 years old, those were the days!


Tags: life fifty

14 replies

GabbyPA 2013-08-12 11:24:11 -0500 Report

LOL, I recall that day too. No big party to celebrate the half century or life and living. I was kind of disappointed too. But that passed and I am moving on, looking forward to the big 7 5. I think for anything to last that long is a testament to the builder.

granniesophie 2013-06-27 05:38:42 -0500 Report

Fifty is a cakewalk! Didn't bother me a bit. The only thing that annoyed me was the many, many reminders from AARP that I was old enough to join them! Enjoy the next half of your life, and take advantage of all the so called "senior" discounts! One thing we all can enjoy is saving money from being "older"! Who decided 50+ is senior anyway?? I don't expect to be a "senior" until I'm 100!! All in the outlook, I guess!
Happy Birthday late, but sincere :)

MAYS 2013-07-26 08:15:35 -0500 Report

Thank you for the Happy Birthday wishes!
The AARP reminders and the commercials make me laugh, but now i qualify for the "senior" discounts, i wonder if i can get one on a belated birthday cake?..LOL!…I will enjoy the next half of my life, looking forward to seeing 100+!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-26 15:40:04 -0500 Report

Hi Mays,

Happy birthday, my friend. And welcome to my side of 50. Yes, there are a whole lot of us, and we are surviving and thriving. Since I am pushing 60, I am going to hold that thought on 70 being the new 50. That means I'm really only pushing 40.

Now I can say I've known you since you were a kid in your 40's.

I hope you did something special to celebrate. And again, Happy birthday!


MAYS 2013-07-26 08:22:37 -0500 Report

Thank you, Dr. Gary, I really appreciate it!
We can both say "Our" side of 50…I think that i will be more of a "kid" in my 50's than i was in my 40"s and i agree with you 100%, 70 will be the new 50…My birthday was special knowing that i lived to see it, every day is a celebration and always will be!
Keep up the excellent work here at DC, you are a great inspirational source!


locarb 2013-06-25 21:24:20 -0500 Report

I can't imagine who told you, and why you would believe there was "earth shaking" or "music from above." They clearly deceived you. Age isn't merely
a state of mind although admittedly that is a comforting thought. If you're reasonably ambulatory and reasonably healthy, I don't believe that 50 is "old."

Happy belated birthday. I hope you will help me prove that 50 is a good number
for those committed to making it so.

MAYS 2013-07-26 08:28:27 -0500 Report

Thank you very much!
50 is a great number with 51 being even greater!
I will not disappoint you in proving that 50 is a good number, my commitment to life has gotten me this far on my journey and i am not ready to quit!

Type1Lou 2013-06-25 16:02:43 -0500 Report

Hey Mays…Happy belated birthday and welcome to the club. I actually believe that age is largely a "state of mind", although our bodies do tend to remind us that we may not be able to do all that we once did. My Dad, who died at age 81, after having diabetes for 20 years, was young at heart and provided a good role model for me in handling my diabetes. Dad was 57 years old when I was born and while pushing my baby carriage, if people commented on his "grandchild", he would gently correct them and comment "Just because there is snow on the roof (he had white hair), it doesn't mean the fire has gone out in the furnace." I'm still surprised when I look in the mirror and see Mom staring back at me…(I can't possibly be that old lady!) Age has brought me the feeling of being comfortable in my skin…now, if I could only take who I am now and transfer it into a young healthy body…wouldn't that be wonderful! I become eligible for Medicare next year and plan on enjoying many many more years. Wishing you well!

jigsaw 2013-06-25 14:29:27 -0500 Report

Congratulations ya old koot! I can say that because my medicare kicks in July 1st.
By the way, I feel so good, I wouldn't realize my age if the cashier didn't remind me with a senior citizens discount.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-06-25 09:23:49 -0500 Report

Welcome to the 50's, Mays. Some of my residents claim the 60's and 70's were their best years. (for me, I'm hoping the rest of my 50's beats the first few.)