1. You know what you like

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50 Reasons Life Really Starts at 50

1. You know what you like

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Whether it’s opera or soccer or kale chips or the latest Marvel movie, you’re at the age where you can embrace your tastes, critics be darned. You’re not trying to impress anyone except yourself.

50 Reasons Life Really Starts at 50

50 Reasons Life Really Starts at 50
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Maybe 50 is the new 40. Or maybe 50 is the new 30. Or maybe 50 is just fine as 50. If you’ve passed that milestone, you know there’s something magical about that age. You’re in the prime now, so enjoy it. Here are 50 reasons life really starts at 50.

1. You know what you like

1. You know what you like

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Whether it’s opera or soccer or kale chips or the latest Marvel movie, you’re at the age where you can embrace your tastes, critics be darned. You’re not trying to impress anyone except yourself.

2. You know what you don’t like

2. You know what you don’t like

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Or maybe you don’t want to sit through that Avengers movie or choke down that bag of (ack!) kale chips. Being 50 is understanding the power of saying “no.”

3. But you aren’t too old to learn new tricks

3. But you aren’t too old to learn new tricks

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This is your chance to finally take those dance lessons or learn how to play a few songs on the piano. Treat yourself to something new.

4. You can watch your kids blossom

4. You can watch your kids blossom

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As your teens head into adulthood, your relationship with them enters a glorious new phase. They aren’t your babies any more. You can see that all your hard work as a parent is paying off.

5. You’re thinking about grandkids

5. You’re thinking about grandkids

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This will obviously come quicker for some of you. But 50 is when many parents can start thinking about grandkids. It’s all of the fun of babies, with very little of the responsibility. And your kids, who thought you knew nothing when they were teenagers, are suddenly eager for your wisdom.

6. Retirement is starting to seem like a possibility

6. Retirement is starting to seem like a possibility

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It’s still a ways off, but what once seemed like an impossible goal, now is starting to seem attainable. And good news if you’re behind on your retirement plans: It’s not too late to get things moving.

7. You’re old enough for a senior discount, but young enough to use it

7. You’re old enough for a senior discount, but young enough to use it

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Embrace the AARP card. Use those discounts at restaurants, stores, movies and more.

8. You could try out for the Senior PGA Tour

8. You could try out for the Senior PGA Tour

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OK, you probably won’t follow up on this one. But if golf is your game, the Senior Tour is now an (ever so slight) possibility for you.

9. You know what’s truly important

9. You know what’s truly important

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You’ve lived through enough ups and downs to focus on what really matters.

10. You have lifelong friends

10. You have lifelong friends

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Friends from high school, college, that first job. Not to mention your siblings, cousins and other extended family. (And your spouse’s family, too.) They knew you way back when. And that is a wonderful gift.

11. Perspective can mellow you

11. Perspective can mellow you

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Remember those little annoyances that really used to get to you? Hopefully you don’t. This is the age for letting those things go.

12. You’re more confident

12. You’re more confident

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At work and at home, you can trust in your choices and decisions. You’ve been here before.

13. You don’t have to worry about having more kids

13. You don’t have to worry about having more kids

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This is an underrated benefit for 50-something couples. Pregnancy scares are a thing of the past.

14. You have a lifetime of memories

14. You have a lifetime of memories

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Look back with joy and pride at what you’ve enjoyed and what you’ve accomplished so far.

15. You appreciate the little things in life

15. You appreciate the little things in life

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You have a perspective that you didn’t have in your 20s.

16. You have so much to live for

16. You have so much to live for

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Kids, career, home, friends. Your life at 50 can be so full of joy.

17. You take yourself less seriously

17. You take yourself less seriously

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Life if better when you can laugh at yourself. What was mortifying at 25 can be fun at 50.

18. You’re more accepting of yourself

18. You’re more accepting of yourself

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You’ve learned that there’s no point in beating yourself up over your shortcomings. Celebrate your accomplishments.

19. It’s OK if you want to leave the party early

19. It’s OK if you want to leave the party early

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Too tired to stay out until dawn? That’s just fine at 50.

20. You understand the power of letting go

20. You understand the power of letting go

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Forgiveness and acceptance are powerful tools for any 50-year-old.

21. You know you’ll get through the tough times

21. You know you’ll get through the tough times

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You’ve been down the rocky roads before. You know you’ll weather this storm, too.

22. You’re comfortable with how you look

22. You’re comfortable with how you look

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Hopefully this one applies to you. 50 is time to accept and appreciate who you are, inside and out.

23. You know you’ll never get elected president or make enough money to buy a private island. And that’s OK.

23. You know you’ll never get elected president or make enough money to buy a private island. And that’s OK.

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Some childhood dreams have fallen by the wayside. Hopefully, they’ve been replaced by a bright reality.

24. Travels past, present and future

24. Travels past, present and future

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Your memories are brightened by all you’ve seen and experienced. If you still have a long travel to-do list, now is the time to get moving.

25. You still feel pretty good physically

25. You still feel pretty good physically

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Keep taking care of your body and it will keep taking care of you.

26. You have a style all your own

26. You have a style all your own

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Now’s the time when you can start getting away with that red-sequined hat.

27. You appreciate the value of exercise

27. You appreciate the value of exercise

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Hopefully this is a lifelong truth for you. Don’t stop moving!

28. Celebrate your professional successes

28. Celebrate your professional successes

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Here’s hoping you’ve reached a point in your career when you can look back and appreciate your accomplishments. The fact that you’ve made it this far is cause for celebration.

29. You aren’t too old for a jog

29. You aren’t too old for a jog

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Your knees are not what they used to be, but you can still get out there on Saturday morning.

30. Or a triathlon

30. Or a triathlon

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You don’t have to do an Ironman. But the workout variety can do wonders for you.

31. Or even a marathon

31. Or even a marathon

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No time like the present. If this has always been on your wish list, now’s the time to do it.

32. You can afford some of your dreams

32. You can afford some of your dreams

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Money can’t buy happiness, but it could pay for that Hawaiian vacation. Hopefully you’ve got money to spare to pamper yourself.

33. And you have time to pursue your dreams

33. And you have time to pursue your dreams

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The kids are a bit more self-sufficient at this stage. Now it’s time to think about you.

34. And there are a lot of people who’ve come before you who have some advice

34. And there are a lot of people who’ve come before you who have some advice

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Here are some words of wisdom from people who have seen the other side of 50.

35. Henry Ford

35. Henry Ford

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“You take all the experience and judgment of men over 50 out of the world and there wouldn’t be enough left to run it.”

36. Agatha Christie

36. Agatha Christie

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“I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming… suddenly you find – at the age of 50, say – that a whole new life has opened before you.”

37. George Orwell

37. George Orwell

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“At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.”

38. Cindy Crawford

38. Cindy Crawford

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“The face you have at age 25 is the face God gave you, but the face you have after 50 is the face you earned.”

39. Joan Rivers

39. Joan Rivers

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“Looking 50 is great – if you’re 60.”

40. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

40. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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“The heyday of a woman’s life is the shady side of 50.”

41. Muhammad Ali

41. Muhammad Ali

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 “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

42. T.S. Eliot

42. T.S. Eliot

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 “The years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.”   

43. Theodore Roosevelt

43. Theodore Roosevelt

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 “The only time you really live fully is from 30 to 60. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.”

44. Eleanor Roosevelt

44. Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.”

45. Victor Hugo

45. Victor Hugo

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“40 is the old age of youth; 50 is the youth of old age.”

46. Ronald Reagan

46. Ronald Reagan

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“Middle age is when you're faced with two temptations and you choose the one that will get you home by nine o'clock.”

47. Candice Bergen

47. Candice Bergen

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 “Self-acceptance has been a blessed by-product of middle age.”

48. Coco Chanel

48. Coco Chanel

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 “You can be gorgeous at 30, charming at 40, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”

49. Jim Carrey

49. Jim Carrey

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“50 years: here’s a time when you have to separate yourself from what other people expect of you, and do what you love. Because if you find yourself 50 years old and you aren’t doing what you love, then what’s the point?”

50. Doris Day

50. Doris Day

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“The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.”