Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number! Turning “50” Doesn’t Mean What It Used To!


Can you believe that yet another year has already come and gone? Which makes me believe even more, what they say is really true, that “the older you get the faster time seems to fly by.” At any rate, here we are once again, at the start of another New Year.” While for most of us, the start of a new year may not be that big of a deal, but for me, May of 2015 will mark a major milestone in my adult life. Yes, I am blessed and not ashamed to reveal, that I will be turning ’50’ this year. WOW! It is hard to believe that I have lived almost half a century! Ok, did I just say that? You’re going to have to forgive me, it’s going to take a minute for the idea to really sink in. LOL!

Although many people might dread turning the “Big 50,” in all actuality, I’m okay with it. Yes, you heard me right, “I’m okay with it.” Here’s why. Let’s take a moment to flashback to the 1994 lyrics of the late R & B artist, Aaliyah’s, debut hit, when she simply pointed out that Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number!” Right about now you’re probably saying, “yeah that was the jam!” Yes, it was, but little did we all realize, just how profound this simple statement really is. After all, ’50’ no longer really means what it used to. Haven’t you heard that ’50’ is the new ’40’? I’m just sayin!

Personally speaking though, turning ’50’ for me is more of a rite of passage, rather than about just getting older. What this means is, that I’m at a point in my life, where I have finally figured out what my life’s purpose is and I’m mature enough to walk it out! Yes, just like the Israelites, wandering in the desert for forty years (for what should have been an 11 day journey), I also chose to take the scenic route through life, on my way to where God was leading me. Don’t get me wrong, by no means am I complaining. In fact, I’m thankful for the journey, because what I didn’t know then while I was wandering through the trials of life, but what I do know now, is that it was all a part of the divine plan for my life. God was preparing me for such a time as this.

While being spiritually and emotionally prepared to face this major milestone is significant, however, it is only one part of the equation. Fortunately for me, not only have I been blessed with good genes, but, along with the fact that I have always had an affinity for sports and running, has allowed me to maintain a lifestyle which includes eating healthy and working out. I say all that to say, that while God was working on me on the inside, I had to also take responsibility for the outside.

So, as I get ready to embark on the second half of my life’s journey I am looking forward to all that life has to offer with a thankful and grateful heart! Here’s to turning ’50’ and being FIT, FLY, and FABULOUS!


Child of God, wife and mother of two 2 children, with a love for running. Proud alumnae of Tuskegee University with a degree in Business Administration. Entrepreneur, Life Coach and blogger using her gifts to inspire and empower others to discover their life purpose. Creator of the blog "There is Life After Layoff" and host of BTR show of the same name.
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