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Ten Reasons I'm Thankful I'm (Almost) 50

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Guest blogger Diana Landen: You're not supposed to enjoy getting older. Who wants to worry about dying and wonder if they've wasted their life? There's another side to the story, though. I'm a much happier person than I was in my twenties and thirties. I'm old enough to realize that life is short, but still young enough to go out and enjoy it. The only thing I'd really trade with my younger self is my body. Luckily, I can do something to make my body healthier.

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Why is it great to be (almost) 50?

1) I'm done with diapers and morning sickness. From now on, when I play with a baby, I get to hand it back afterwards. Meanwhile, I can sleep all night, take long baths and put breakables on the coffee table.

2) The sex is great. My husband knows how to drive me crazy, and we have the time for it again. We have a great big double bed in a room of our own and we're not terrified of making a baby. I'm looking forward to throwing away the birth control soon.

3) My husband and I have figured out a few things about marriage. I've given up nagging, and I let my husband know what I want for Christmas. I can even let my husband work off his misery instead of talking about it. In return, he knows how to listen when I ask for it. We fight less and when we do fight, we're better at calming down and working things out.

4) You get to embarrass your children. I was never a shy wallflower, but I really don't care what people think of me now. If I were younger, I might try to be cool around my children. Instead, I just enjoy being me.

5) We've moved up in the world. We don't furnish our bedroom with a mattress on the floor and cement-block bookcases anymore. We don't have to share a house with roommates. We actually have a savings account.

6) Turning 50 is a great excuse to try something new. You want to look back at 80 and say, "Remember when we had sex on that mountain? We were wild when we were 50!"

7) I've figured out some things about life. I've survived the growing pains of recovering from childhood. I've handled the first fifteen years of parenting. I know how to nurture myself for the next crisis that comes along.

8) I can laugh when my mother calls me a "good helper." I'm a grownup and I know it. I doubt my mother will ever treat me like her friends my age. I'm just glad she's still around to answer my questions about the Civil Rights Movement.

9) My husband and I have built careers and lives together. We've moved around and raised children. We've fought and worked things out. We have a lot to be proud of -- and more to look forward to.

10) The fun starts now. Midlife is about renewal. I can spend a year abroad, take up belly dancing, buy a new sex toy or just clean out my closets.

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KS November 21, 2010, 1:51 PM

:) I love every single year I grow a tad bit older and I too am looking forward to the rest of my life. Nobody I know understands my sentiment except my husband and mother in law.

Every time I express my joy at turning 30 some my friends tell me that I will hate 40 because they are unhappy with growing older. Thank you for this blog it reaffirms that not everyone hates growing and living life no matter the age.

Stephanie November 21, 2010, 1:57 PM

It’s wonderful to see a positive view of aging expressed so eloquently. I will turn 30 in a year and a half…and I’m not dreading it at all. Growing older can mean growing smarter and happier too.

Kristin November 22, 2010, 10:21 AM

I’m only 21 but I loved this. Good for you!

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