If there’s any age that people watch as it approaches, it’s the big 5-0. 49 is the last stop before that milestone. 49 is definitely a point where many people sit back and evaluate what they’ve done with the past nearly fifty years of their life. It is almost like one is nearing the half-way point in life, if one assumes they are going to be blessed with solid health going forward.
I am 49 years old as I am writing this. I am quite content being 49. I don’t feel old nor young. I simply feel like me. I am happy with the pathways in life which have led me to this point. I am happy with the things I do and the control I have over my own destiny. I have made many mistakes along the way, as all humans have. Hopefully I have learned from those and am doing better as I go forward.
When Shirley MacLaine was 49, she won the Best Actress award for Terms of Endearment. And this in a world where so many roles go to younger women. She proved that as a person moves into their prime, they have the strength and wisdom to show their very best. Similarly, Susan Sarandon won at 49 for Dead Man Walking.
The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age forty-nine. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only forty-nine. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.
I adore the books written by Douglas Adams. He has such an amazingly quirky sense of humor combined with great attention to detail. He’s a true joy to read. He was 26 when The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast as a radio series. At age 35 he published Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, another one of my favorites.
And then at age 49 he was dead. He died of a heart attack after a workout. He had a seven year old daughter. Undoubtedly he was looking forward to spending many years with her, to watching her graduate, to walking her down the aisle. Maybe he would have written fantastic new books for her to read. He was working out and trying to take care of himself.
I imagine Douglas Adams would have given anything to survive that heart attack and go on with life. To experience the “second half” of his life. Those of us who have that blessing should treasure each day.
Are you currently 49? Do you have any special memories of when you were 49? Please share them below!
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