A lot of people have been asking me what I think about turning 50. I don’t have a good answer. It is a milestone and arguably I have outlived our Cro-Magnon ancestors, who likely only made it to 20 on average, and I’ve even outlived a fair number of my not too distant relatives. I don’t know if this is an accomplishment or just a function of the era we live in. They say that 50 is the new 40, 60 the new 50, 70 the new 60 (and 80? 80 is 80 – you’re screwed). I have benefited from being born in and living in the United States with access to modern medicine, proper attention to hygiene, access to clean water and plenty of food. This makes me one of the lucky ones.
So what do I think? I think I didn’t work terribly hard to reach 50 but I sure as hell am going to work hard to reach 80.