Although it may seem a little too ambitious, we like to call fifties: the middle age. Jokes aside, when you ask any person over 60 which period of their life was hardest for them in terms of stress, most of them said that it would definitely be their forties. It is simple: 50s are the new 30s.
Instead of the crazy forties where you have to worry about countless things like your job, kids and finances, 50s are all about reading books, playing golf, relaxing at luxury retirement homes and looking at the sunset. If you still haven’t reached your fifties, it means that you are currently battling with poopy diapers, getting that promotion, wondering where did your body go etc., don’t worry, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
50s are going to be your wakeup call in a way. You will realize that your twenties, thirties and forties have passed. You will realize that your children are now all grown up and that the death toll of people you know started to rise. For the first time in your life you’ll realize that you have probably lived more years than you have remaining. Not to mention the tough realizations like not becoming a millionaire, making it to the Olympics, and also, your Botox appointment is in five days (since you still don’t want to look “old”).
Still, there are many reasons to look forward to your fifties, and without further ado, here are not 4, not 5, but six reasons we think you should embrace the big 5-0.
1. Nothing really matters that much
Oh, so you had a bad day at work? A taxi driver was super unpleasant? You got a speeding ticket? But did you die? Any problem is going to seem unbelievably trivial compared to the impending death. Remember, you have less and less sunsets every day. Enjoy every single one.
2. Wisdom actually DOES come with age
It is incredible – everything they said about wisdom is actually true. Since we spend our entire youth figuring out who we really are, what we think, like doing, what to do and how to do it, when we reach our fifties all the questions are answered. You will enjoy much more now, since you will only do things you know you like, and skip on those you don’t. You will no longer waste time and money on poor-quality food, cheap drinks and bad treatments. You will either learn how to do everything yourself, or you will have enough funds to pay someone to do them. Simply put, you will enjoy so much more things in life since you’ll know exactly how to enjoy them.
3. You will accept your flaws
The wrinkles you’ve been fighting against for a portion of your adult life won the final battle and managed to stay on your face. But since you are in your fifties, your standards are much lower, so you will even start loving those tiny lines. You won’t be trying so hard anymore with all that makeup, overdone hairstyles and flashy outfits, but you will still have the most amazing glow.
4. You will be getting a lot more respect
There’s no way to deny the fact that people listen a little more closely when someone your age is talking. The waiter in your local restaurant calls you “Sir” and the checkout boy is loading your groceries in the car for you. You are now taking advantage on many discounts for senior citizens – and there is nothing wrong with that. Time is short and you should take the most of it.
5. For the second time in your life – you actually have time
The last time you had all the time of this world was when you were a toddler probably. Now, after 40 hard years, that time has come again. You can now follow that list of books you haven’t read, enjoy the smell of flowers in your garden, see the places you haven’t been to etc.
6. 50-year-olds are cool as hell
Let’s face it – have you ever seen an angry fifty-year-old? Not only are they smarter and way more experienced, but they also forgot how to treat people in a way other than nice. They are comfortable in their own skin and a great conversation partner for everyone.
Turning 50 is your chance for a fresh start. Those are your golden ages; you can achieve all your goals. Congrats on making through the round one, it is time to rock the round two as well!