Four Reasons Fifty Really Is the New Forty
You’ve probably heard the expression that “fifty is the new forty’, right? Well, as your fiftieth birthday starts to get closer and closer, you might begin to doubt it. You may even start to think that fifty is just that: fifty a full decade on from being forty. Don’t worry, though, because here are just a few reasons why you should celebrate your 50th and why fifty truly is the new 40.
1: You Can Still Be Glamorous
It wasn’t that long ago that people especially us women in their fifties were expected to start wearing cardigans and rollers in our hair. Any attempt to look good was dismissed as “mutton dressed as lamb’. No longer. Now you can look as stylish as you like. Because fashion designers have woken up to the fact that the older person can afford well made, great looking clothes, there is even more choice.
While celebrities like Michelle Pfeiffer, Madonna and George Clooney will always have the edge in combining looks and style, today’s fifty-somethings are still fashionable. So there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be, too.
2: The Freedom to Do What YOU Want To Do
If you have a family, there is a good chance that your children will either be at university or will have left home altogether. What this means for you is freedom. So, fritter your children’s inheritance away on luxury travel, spas and pampering: whatever makes you happy, in fact. If you want to hire a car and do that whole Jack Kerouac “On The Road’ thing, then you can. There is literally nothing to stop you.
3: You Are Fit And Healthy
One of the original thoughts behind the ’50 is the new 40′ meme is that, with improved diet and healthcare, people are staying fit and healthy for longer and, of course, are living to a greater age. It was only one hundred years ago that the average life expectancy for both men and women was around 50-55 years!
Celebrate and enjoy your continued good health and fitness.
4: Being Comfortable With Who You Are
Fifty is pretty much the age where you stop apologizing for who you are and what you like. There’s a certain sense of relief and freedom that comes with admitting that actually, no, you don’t like Chick Lit or chocolate and yes, you would prefer to spend Friday night in front of the TV and not at a wine bar.
Embrace who you are and I can guarantee that your fifties will be just as good as your forties, if not better.