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Life at 51

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1 year ago

Recently , I've thought about my current age.

After a little reflection I have concluded the following:

     I wouldn't trade this age for any other previously experienced.

     I may have been in a little better physical shape at some earlier time but not much.

     I have never had the wisdom and ability to make good decisions that I have now.

     I have never had the freedom, both financial and time that I have now.

     I feel that I am growing faster now in knowledge and wisdom more now than any other time.

Anyway I'd be interested to know how you feel at your current age and if you'd trade for another age.       

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You can purchase many things with money. You can donate to many causes. However, you cannot give one thing away, no matter how hard you try and its free, that's Wisdom. that's my experience at 51 years of age.

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OH! really Bri, what man would that be???? and why would I give the impression I need a challenging man!!!! LOL what did I said?  but please DO POINT HIM OUT TO ME.

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1 year ago
Quoting duchesse22

Brian what a challenging man you are!!!!! I like that! would I change anything in my life the past that I lived, the experiences.  No......it is what makes me who I am today.  41, secure, don't really need to be with someone, sure of herself, knowing what decisions to make, traveled so much that social aspect is just  little encounters........and most of all a balance between challenges from work and a cozy relaxing lifestyle.  My accomplishements as my kids are part of it.......what I will give them in their future, what I will teach them......My son asked me something.....to find a dad for him!  really I thought.......why would a child want his mom to do that!  so in order to respond to him I had to look back at my past and say "look at the man that were in my life, (his dad, my late husband), my previously falled relationship (being used) and I asked him if he would want me to be happy, leaving the question entirely to him to make him think.  I think we all look at our past sometimes????? but isn't it what we want to make of it? In all your accomplishements, what makes you happy and would make you happy?  and I would not claim to be perfect......

You need a challenging man!!!!

 

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1 year ago
Quoting GentlyWoman

Ground Hog Day! Ha. More like the opposite, I keep trying to add years. I get older faster than everyone else :)
Really, how do mean?

Bp

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Ground Hog Day! Ha. More like the opposite, I keep trying to add years. I get older faster than everyone else :)
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b, please remove my quoted comment.thanks
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1 year ago
Quoting GentlyWoman

It's funny, I've been excited about my age for so many years now. Each year, around summer, I start to say I'm "almost" the age I'll turn in September. Some years, my birthday comes and I add yet another! I love my age, 42. I wouldn't trade it. I feel so "in my own skin", the respect I see in my career, the surprise on the faces of people who have just been told my age. I was carded recently, buying a bottle of wine. The young pimply boy clerk thought I should be flattered. I wasn't...certainly not offended, but I truly enjoy the depth that only comes with experience that only comes with age.
So, is every day like Ground Hog Day for you?

It sounds like fun.

BP

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1 year ago
Quoting CDinCO

I'll second this for SURE!!!  I finally feel as though the decisions I've made in life were good one's (even if they were bad at the time).  

Now I need the decisions in love to follow...


Bri - I think you're at a very sexy age!!!!

Thanks Courtney for the compliment..........
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It's funny, I've been excited about my age for so many years now. Each year, around summer, I start to say I'm "almost" the age I'll turn in September. Some years, my birthday comes and I add yet another! I love my age, 42. I wouldn't trade it. I feel so "in my own skin", the respect I see in my career, the surprise on the faces of people who have just been told my age. I was carded recently, buying a bottle of wine. The young pimply boy clerk thought I should be flattered. I wasn't...certainly not offended, but I truly enjoy the depth that only comes with experience that only comes with age.
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Quoting niceguylooking

Bri,, I'm at a great place in my life. I have both the finances,time and stability to afford whatever it is I want to do or places I want to go. The wisdom I have gained over the years through good and bad times is amazing and getting wiser daily. Physically I have never been stronger ( I know hard to believe but true). My family, they are all healthy and happy. So life is pretty darn good right now ! I will admit though, I miss being in love with a woman.

I'll second this for SURE!!!  I finally feel as though the decisions I've made in life were good one's (even if they were bad at the time).  

Now I need the decisions in love to follow...


Bri - I think you're at a very sexy age!!!!

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1 year ago
Quoting Theo592000

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? :-)

That's a loaded question if I've ever seen one. Just shoot me right now. I'm no match for you smart women.

BP

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1 year ago
Quoting bricraigpark

Theo......

I know it's rude to ask a woman her age and that wasn't my intent.

I thought you were 39.

BP

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? :-)
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1 year ago
Quoting honeygram

I'm with you I like being the age I am now. The freedom of no children and no spouse to take care of...to do things I want to do. It is wonderful. I wouldn't go back to being any younger. More confident less afraid of people or situations than I have ever been. Life is good at this age even if you are single.
Honey.....

I just noticed, we are the same age.

BP

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1 year ago
Quoting annacath

Isn't that what they say "The older the wine gets the better"

annacath
Annacath...

That sounds good to me.

BP

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Quoting Theo592000

Very good, thought provoking questions. I am on the cusp of 60 which I will reach in August. I'm finding it a little difficult to say 60 when I'm still 18 in my head. So for now, I'm still 59 and should enjoy what I have left of the 50s. I also felt this way the year I turned 30 and left the 20s behind. Anyway, I am at a time of my life that I do reflect on the past and wonder how it might have been if I had done things a little differently. I certainly wish I had treated my late husband more of the King that he deserved. I sure wanted that chance but it wasn't to be. He knew I loved him and I know he loved me like no other...that's all that really matters, I guess. Would I trade 59 for another year? In my case, I think I would turn the clock back maybe 5 yrs. Show more appreciation for those who I may have hurt unwillingly and support those I didn't agree with but turned out to be right! I've never shied away from saying I'm sorry and I'm glad. On the upside of 59 I can honestly say that I am in the best physical shape of my entire life. Who would have ever thunk it? ha! I actually pay attention to nutrition a little bit more, but I still eat Nachos....and don't feel guilty about it. Gosh, Brian...why'd you have to go and ask hard questions, my head is starting to hurt...lol. Enjoyed the post.....Theo

Theo......

I know it's rude to ask a woman her age and that wasn't my intent.

I thought you were 39.

BP

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Very good, thought provoking questions. I am on the cusp of 60 which I will reach in August. I'm finding it a little difficult to say 60 when I'm still 18 in my head. So for now, I'm still 59 and should enjoy what I have left of the 50s. I also felt this way the year I turned 30 and left the 20s behind. Anyway, I am at a time of my life that I do reflect on the past and wonder how it might have been if I had done things a little differently. I certainly wish I had treated my late husband more of the King that he deserved. I sure wanted that chance but it wasn't to be. He knew I loved him and I know he loved me like no other...that's all that really matters, I guess. Would I trade 59 for another year? In my case, I think I would turn the clock back maybe 5 yrs. Show more appreciation for those who I may have hurt unwillingly and support those I didn't agree with but turned out to be right! I've never shied away from saying I'm sorry and I'm glad. On the upside of 59 I can honestly say that I am in the best physical shape of my entire life. Who would have ever thunk it? ha! I actually pay attention to nutrition a little bit more, but I still eat Nachos....and don't feel guilty about it. Gosh, Brian...why'd you have to go and ask hard questions, my head is starting to hurt...lol. Enjoyed the post.....Theo

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yeesh! at 51, I'm not the "norm", by ANYONE's stretch of imagination, for a woman my age...body, belief and soul wise...
Although, i'm holding up extremely well, at 51...
I'm contemplating when flo max is going to come into play...when and where my first menopause syopmptom will strike and just how many fatalities will be attributed to it. I'm still workin' on my PPa-pa-pa-pa-POKER FACE while talkin to the T-Ta-Ta-TAXMAN! so, Kudos Brian!

happy thought people are nice to have around! but i've found reality-based, straight-forward speaking and thinking people are much more interesting and WAY more fun.
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Quoting Curious2078

Hey. NGL:  Couldn't help but notice your post here.....


Congratualtions for being in such a great place.  I just love to hear stuff like what you said.   I wish you all the best--including the love of your life....  And it sounds like now is the time it's going to happen.....


Sure hope so. 


Pat

Thanks Pat !
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Brian what a challenging man you are!!!!! I like that! would I change anything in my life the past that I lived, the experiences.  No......it is what makes me who I am today.  41, secure, don't really need to be with someone, sure of herself, knowing what decisions to make, traveled so much that social aspect is just  little encounters........and most of all a balance between challenges from work and a cozy relaxing lifestyle.  My accomplishements as my kids are part of it.......what I will give them in their future, what I will teach them......My son asked me something.....to find a dad for him!  really I thought.......why would a child want his mom to do that!  so in order to respond to him I had to look back at my past and say "look at the man that were in my life, (his dad, my late husband), my previously falled relationship (being used) and I asked him if he would want me to be happy, leaving the question entirely to him to make him think.  I think we all look at our past sometimes????? but isn't it what we want to make of it? In all your accomplishements, what makes you happy and would make you happy?  and I would not claim to be perfect......