July is here and 2018 has reached the 50% mark. Half the year is behind me, and half is still on the horizon. It struck me that this is also how I am feeling about life. It’s possibly wishful thinking to believe I will live to 100, but it is my goal. And now that I’m 50 years old I’m realizing that I have half my life behind me, and half still ahead (IF I’m lucky, and statistically that’s a significant IF) The reality is settling into my bones that it would take me many lifetimes to do all the things I want to do in just this one life. It’s hard to be selective. In fact, it’s a bit cruel to be so limited. I’m wishing I could level up somehow, maybe even put some more quarters in the parking meter and extend my time. I decided today I would devote this post to celebrating 50 little memories of my 50 trips around the sun so far. Just random recollections of things I’ve enjoyed as they pop into my head, and linger on them just a bit with appreciation. At the same time, I am having full awareness of feeling conflicted inside my soul that my taking my time to stop and smell the roses this morning will inevitably prevent me from notching new adventures off the bucket list (which for me keeps getting longer, not shorter).

So here goes, in no particular order, 50 reasons why I’m excited to be 50.

  1. Fingerpainting
  2. Sandcastles
  3. French-braiding
  4. Sewing
  5. Playing dress up
  6. Bubble baths
  7. Bicycles
  8. Stars
  9. Pets
  10. Massages
  11. Flowers
  12. Rainbows
  13. Thunderstorms
  14. Gymnastics
  15. Cheerleading
  16. Running
  17. Yoga
  18. Dance
  19. Sunshine
  20. Driving
  21. Sunroofs
  22. Window screens
  23. Balmy Breezes
  24. Babies
  25. Love
  26. Friends
  27. Celebrations
  28. Challenges
  29. Technology
  30. Coffee
  31. Yogurt
  32. Dark chocolate almonds
  33. Essential oils
  34. Gardens
  35. Mountains
  36. Beaches
  37. Camping
  38. Plants &Trees
  39. Sunsets (I need to make a point of waking up for a few more sunrises)
  40. Education
  41. Family
  42. Fashion
  43. Faith
  44. Water
  45. Silky Pillowcases
  46. Toothpaste
  47. Grace
  48. Protection
  49. Trampolines
  50. Laughter

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