If You Were Turning 50


Would it matter to you if you were turning 50 tomorrow? How would you want to celebrate? More important, would you think of this anniversary as a time to be marked in some special way (with new resolutions or special goals, for example)?

You can probably guess why I’m asking.

Poll: “I’ll Start to Feel Old When I’m . . .”

  • . . . in my late thirties” (EMG, age 15, August 7, 2008)
  • . . . in my mid-twenties” (KBG, age 18, August 7, 2008)

Poll: “I Started Feeling Old . . .”

In response to the question, “When will you start to feel old?” I’m sometimes told, “I already feel old.” That’s when I ask, “When did you start feeling old? Here are some responses.

“I started feeling old . . .

  • . . . this year” (DDG, 50, August 7, 2008)
  • . . . when I turned 30″ (DLP, 49, August 8, 2008)

Quotations to Live By

“The less routine the more life.” —Amos Bronson Alcott

Jack London, 1900

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dryrot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” —Jack London

“Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.”
—Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night”

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