How I feel about turning 50

Samantha Williams CEO and Founder BOMIMO

I remember when I was the youngest one in the room.

I was in my early 20s, working at my first professional job, and my colleagues were at least twice my age. I thought they were so much more sophisticated than I was. They had children, and money issues, and were concerned about their aging parents and their medical needs. My only stress was finding the right outfit for a Saturday-night date. I was free and clear with no real responsibilities other than paying my rent and getting to work on time.

When I was 22, and my parents were in their 50s, they had careers, traveled and went out with friends, but I still thought of them as incredibly old, and I couldn’t imagine ever being their age.

50th Birthday

But life has a way of racing ahead, and 28 years later, I am now about to celebrate my own 50th birthday this week. In my head, I don't feel “old,” or any different to how I felt at 40 or 30 or even 20. But society gives us the message that being 50 is not something to celebrate. The pressure that we feel to continue to be young can take its toll. Not caving into that pressure, and enjoying life is what, I believe, keeps us youthful.

I remember one of the first times I realised I had gotten older was when I ran my previous business, an indoor trampoline park business called Rush. The majority of my staff were born between 1990 and 2000, and I realised that apart from Phillippe, the kitchen chef, I was the oldest staff member out of 200 employees! It didn't stop me from the joining in and downing the odd Jager bomb at the annual Christmas party, but I knew that I would suffer far more the next day than they would! 

  • Turning 50 can be a significant milestone in a person's life, evoking a range of emotions and reflections. For some, it may represent the beginning of a new chapter and the opportunity to embrace the second half of life. For others, it may evoke feelings of sadness or anxiety as they contemplate their own mortality and the passage of time.
  • Turning 50 can evoke feelings of pride and accomplishment. This can be especially true for those who have built successful careers, raised families, and achieved personal goals. At this age, they may feel that they have accomplished a great deal in their lives and have much to be proud of. They may look back on their journey with a sense of satisfaction, knowing that they have accomplished much and made a positive impact on the world.
  • Turning 50 can be a source of anxiety and stress. Some may feel as if they have reached a crossroads in their lives, with one path leading to a peaceful and fulfilling retirement, and the other path leading to the uncertainties of old age. They may feel as if they have not accomplished as much as they would have liked and may worry about their financial stability and health as they age. They may feel as if they have lost control of their lives and are no longer in the driver's seat.
  • Turning 50 can be a time of reflection and introspection. Some may take stock of their lives and consider the things that they have accomplished and the things that they still hope to achieve. They may think about their relationships, their health, and their spirituality. They may consider what they want to do with the rest of their lives and how they can continue to make a positive impact on the world.
  • Turning 50 can be a time to focus on their health and well-being. Some may take up new hobbies and activities that promote physical and mental health, such as exercising, meditating, and practicing mindfulness. They may adopt healthier lifestyles and focus on maintaining good physical health. They may also seek to maintain good mental health by seeking out support from friends, family, and mental health professionals.
  • turning 50 may be a time to explore new opportunities and pursue new passions. Some may return to school, take up new hobbies, or travel to new and exciting places. They may seek out new experiences and challenge themselves in new ways. They may also seek out new opportunities for personal growth, whether through volunteering, working with others, or pursuing new hobbies.

In conclusion, turning 50 can be a significant milestone in a person's life and can evoke a wide range of emotions and thoughts. It can be a time of pride and accomplishment, anxiety and stress, reflection and introspection, or a time to focus on health and well-being or explore new opportunities. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to determine what turning 50 means to them and how they want to approach this new chapter in their lives.

Maybe 50 is the new 35, and I’m good with that. But I’m also good with the idea that 50 is just 50. I’m in the prime of my life. I mostly do what I want. I am still a contributor to society, whether by creating nutritional supplements for women, or by just being there for my friends and family. I plan to keep doing all of that for many years to come.

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