Posted By Kathleen David on September 8, 2013
I actually got into a discussion of Logan’s Run last week at Dragon Con. Since then I have had the phrase Last day. Capricorn 15′s. Year of the city – 2274. Carousel begins stuck in my head. That was one of my first “adult” movies that I saw when it came out in 1976.
I know that fifty is not the end. Considering all that ways we have to keep ourselves healthy, not by a long shot. But it is a milestone and I have basically ignored the previous ones except when I was 10. At 20, I was stage managing and had a show on my birthday. I had a nice dinner with my folks later. At 30, I was stage managing one show and rehearsing another so my plate was super full. At 40, I had a one year old running around the house at top speed. But 50 feels different to me. It has gotten me to reflect on a lot of things in my life and appreciate how blessed I have been through out my life.
Today I am going to my step-daughter’s wedding to be a witness to her exchanging vows with her beloved. Much later this evening we are driving home from Boston back home because Caroline’s first day of school is tomorrow.
Tomorrow probably a little later than usual I will post my letter to myself on my birthday which I have done the past couple of years. In the one in the envelope there is an extra page that is just for me. I will also be writing the letter to myself to be opened next year and boy do I have a lot to say. I also have to write the letter to my 60 year old self. I did find the one I wrote at 40 in my filing cabinet. I will open it tomorrow.
If I were going to pass one piece of advice onto my younger selves it would be take care of yourself and your body. You only get one of those and it is up to you to maintain it. That and let things go. Don’t dwell on every error or mistake in your life because you have so many that you thought were the end of the world but it turned into where you needed to be and when to be where you are now with the life you have now. That and buy Apple stock.
I am grateful for every experience I have had in my 40s both good, bad and neutral.