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50 things I know now I’m 50

One of the best things about turning 50 is that you are not only proper grown up; you also don’t give a shizzle about a lot of things you used too. Hola!

Twenty years ago when I was only 30 (!) life was different. I wasn’t a parent, I lived in another country, I never worried about my health and I thought I was invincible.

Fast track to 50 and whilst my life has changed A LOT, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

This wonderful thing we call life is a gift, I guess that is what you learn in half a century. That no matter what life throws at us, we are all capable of so much (even though we don’t think we are). There is a certain comfort in knowing that all will be well, even in times of change, disappointment, fear and sadness. To travel these paths is the path of life, and the one we are destined to walk.

So here are 50 things that I know now I’m 50:

  1. The best is yet to come
  2. You are never too old and it is never too late, to do ANYTHING
  3. Forget the drama (and let it go)
  4. Use that fine crockery in your cupboard (the one you have been waiting for a special occasion, TODAY is a special occasion)
  5. Spend time with people you love and make you feel happy (if they don’t, then spend a lot less time with them)
  6. Shop in charity shops (the ultimate in recycling)
  7. You really can’t party like you used to (I know, bummer, but it’s true)
  8. Every day is a gift
  9. Do something for yourself TODAY
  10. It’s OK to stay in your dog walking clothes all day
  11. Living a grateful life is worth it
  12. Wearing no make-up is empowering
  13. We all make mistakes
  14. Yoga has been the best find of my life
  15. Choosing happiness is a choice
  16. However bad a situation may be, you WILL get through it
  17. Live in the now (it’s all we really have)
  18. Failures are all lessons
  19. Make yourself priority number #1, always
  20. I have lot left to learn
  21. What other people think is none of my business (AKA stop worrying about what other people think of you)
  22. Get over yourself (and stop taking yourself too seriously)
  23. Downtime is not a waste of time
  24. No parent is perfect
  25. Say no (and don’t waste any time thinking about it)
  26. Your heath is your wealth (having mammograms and colonoscopies are now par for the course!)
  27. Menopause is shizzle
  28. I’m loving myself more (for being exactly who I am)
  29. Having long hair in your 50’s is totally acceptable
  30. Listen to what your Mum says about ancestry
  31. Dare to be different
  32. I can now get cheaper insurance
  33. Speak up, it’s OK to say how you feel
  34. Stop having negative thoughts about aging, rejoice
  35. Learn something new (often)
  36. Take probiotics (your tummy will love you)
  37. Don’t settle for anything less than your contentment
  38. De-cluttering is uplifting (I should do it more often!)
  39. Stop watching the news (it’s totally depressing)
  40. Going to bed early has wonderful benefits
  41. It doesn’t matter if your home isn’t always clean and tidy
  42. A best friend never goes out of fashion
  43. Sensible shoes are sensible
  44. Stop at amber lights
  45. Embracing change is scary but doable
  46. Face your fear (whatever it is)
  47. Ask for help (there is always someone there for you)
  48. Spending time with yourself is paramount
  49. Learn something new every day (no matter how small or big)
  50. Ride the roller-coaster of life, those up and downs are the best parts

Big Love Jane x

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