"This cheered me up about my approaching birthday and my prematurely gray hair. :-)"
How I did it: Fifty is just another birthday, after all. And furthermore, it's got some good things about it:
1. My children are raised and launched.
2. I'm a lot less worried about the future of my career.
3. I can stop coloring my (very prematurely gray) hair.
4. I've read a huge amount and there's a good chance I'm only at the halfway point of my life of reading, given the extended life-expectancy of today's women.
5. I can start spouting wisdom and attribute it to my age: "I've been around for 50 years and I've seen a lot...."
6. I can get away with taking more naps.
7. I can get away with taking more vacations.
8. I can get away with forgetting things now and then.
9. Fifty used to be older than it is with today's life-expectancies; therefore, when you're fifty, if you healthy, you get unexpected positive strokes from all around: "You don't look 50...."; "You look really young for 50...."
10. You're finally really comfortable in your own skin.
Lessons & tips: Really, I'm 48 and about to turn 49. My husband is laughing at me because I'm getting ready for my fiftieth birthday before my 49th birthday. But I think my approach is healthy. It all seems calm and fun to me.
Resources: I did ask people who were already past their fiftieth birthday's for ideas. My top ten list ended up being a conglomeration of ideas from people over fifty. I'm very happy with it.
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