Just Turned 51 and Realized… Wait a Second, When Did I Reach Middle Age?

I just turned 51. I looked in the mirror the other day and my arms have that saggy look to them, I have a few wrinkles and I wondered where the heck those came from. In my 40’s I felt like I was more confident, really coming into my own in the human growth department. Last year was the big 5-0 and I was on a roll. Didn’t even think about being “Middle Aged”. As 51 approached, I started taking some stock in my life and life choices. I realized, oh crap, I’m running out of time. I still feel young. I don’t feel middle aged but I looked at my assets, my hobbies (or lack thereof), my career and decided I needed to make some enhancements.

I was living in Washington and enjoying my time, but my time consisted of working. So I decided to start hiking. My friends thought I went crazy. I DO NOT hike. But hike I did and got a friend to join. It was not an easy trail (for me) but it was fun. I enjoyed time with one of my besties, I broke out my camera and reconnected with the joys of photography. It was a fun day… one I did not make consistent. But it was a start to have more of a work-life balance.

Then I made some BIG changes. I decided to move back to California to be closer to my parents in their “golden years” and take a risk with my career. I’m a very cautious person, so this was a big step.

So this is middle age? Looking in the mirror expecting to see a young 30 something year old image and having another person with flabby arms and some wrinkles stare back at you. What do I want to be when I grow up? I don’t know. I’m figuring that out. I’ve got plenty of time…. So I decided to start a blog. I have goals that I’ve put into place and I thought it would be fun to share the journey and get some feedback on your journey.

Step one, two and three of my journey is to look at my finances and see where I need to focus to be prepared for retirement. I still have 20 years left in the workforce at this point. If I had been more focused earlier then I could retire by now. If we could only live our life in hindsight. Work out on a regular basis to get rid of those darn saggy arms and learn how to enjoy my life on a budget. So here we go…..