51 is a Special Age Because …

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The big hurdle of 50 is behind us! It’s no longer looming ahead. Now we can relax and enjoy the second half of our life.

It’s funny how people can obsess about turning 50, as if it really matters in any real sense. It’s just another year like all the other years. If we were using Hecadecimal numbers we wouldn’t even care about things in multiples of 10. Why do we, anyway? Because we have ten fingers and ten toes?

But here we are, in a society that has death masks and black colors for the 50 year birthday, as if it’s something to be unhappy about. It should be celebrated! Appreciated! And now that we’ve gotten through that, hopefully we can just breathe and enjoy our lives.

51 is seasoned. Experienced. We know what we want and we know how to get there.

Gary Cooper at age 51 won his Academy Award for his performance in High Noon. He had reached a pinnacle in his career.

Similarly, Dustin Hoffman was 51 when he was awarded the Academy Award for Rain Main, where he played an autistic brother. It shows sibling rivalries last the ages.

One of my favorite books is The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. he didn’t publish it until he was – you guessed it – 51.

One of Rembrandt’s most famous self-portraits was painted when he was 51.

Treasure all you can do at age 51!


The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age fifty-one. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only fifty-one. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Powerful. Influential. But he was taken down by stomach cancer, a foe he could not conquer.

James Gandolfini
An amazing actor with a powerful personae. He passed away from a heart attack.

Marcel Proust
An amazingly talented author, it was pneumonia which took him out at age 51. Be sure to wear a face mask!

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50 is a Special Age Because …

The Golden Anniversary! The milestone! When we’re young, we can sometimes think of fifty as the End of Life. And maybe in historic times it was. But nowadays? It’s the halfway point! It’s when life becomes great, because our knowledge and experience can be used in ways we truly treasure.

Colin Firth hit his stride when he turned fifty – he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in The King’s Speech.

Russ Howard on the Canadian curling team won an Olympic gold, turning fifty while he was competing.

A whopping 21 different people won the Nobel Prize at age 50. These people put their energy and experience into tasks which bettered the world for us all. This includes Henry Kissinger for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Celebrate your 50th year by looking back at all you have accomplished – and then looking forward at all the great things still yet to experience!


The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age fifty. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only fifty. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.

Errol Flynn
The original Robin Hood. Some say the very best Robin Hood of all time. Errol was dashing and notorious. What might he have done with more time? He died due to a heart attack.

Michael Jackson
The King of Pop had an amazing influence on society. He won more awards than any other performing artist. His road in life was rarely smooth, and in the end he died due to an overdose caused by his doctor.

Steve McQueen
I love him in The Magnificent Seven. He had an incredibly rough life including two abusive stepfathers. He eventually went into the Marine and turned his life around. His film career is legendary. Sadly, during his time with the Marines he did a lot of work involving asbestos and he developed incurable cancer. He fought it to the end and died in a hospital, trying to have the tumors removed.

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Are you currently 50? Do you have any special memories of when you were 50? Please share them below!


Five Minute Meditation:
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for Absolute Beginners

Looking to become more content with where you are in life and what you have to look forward to? I highly recommend meditation. Even just five minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your serenity, energy levels, and patience.

My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.

Best of all, it’s free!

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92 is a Special Age Because …

92 is a delightful age. You know who you are and what you want out of life. And there’s still so much more to enjoy!

Think of Kirk Douglas. He was an amazing actor, starting in Spartacus, Champion, Paths of Glory, and so many other films. He was in a helicopter crash in 1991 (at age 75) which greatly slowed him down, and then a stroke just five years later caused him additional challenges. But he kept at it. In the year 2009, at age 92, he was in Before I Forget, a one-man show about his life.


The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age ninety-two. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only ninety-two. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.

Walter Cronkite
This amazing journalist was well regarded for his attention to the truth and his ability to handle challenging situations. He loved sailing and the game Diplomacy. He also took up drumming in his later years. It was finally cerebrovascular disease – an issue with the blood vessels of the brain – which did him in.

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Looking to become more content with where you are in life and what you have to look forward to? I highly recommend meditation. Even just five minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your serenity, energy levels, and patience.

My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.

Best of all, it’s free!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Feel free to comment below about my book, this site, or anything at all!

88 is a Special Age Because …

88. Double-8s. Two signs of infinity side by side. This is a wonderful age!

The amazing Christopher Plummer of The Sound of Music fame was still going strong at age 88. That’s how old he was when he was J. Paul Getty in All The Money in the World, when he was nominated for best actor. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA award. That’s quite an achievement for any person!

How about Clint Eastwood? He has an amazing roster of movies under his belt. He directed The 15:17 to Paris at age 88. He’s got quite a lot of creativity within him, and lots more to share!


The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age eighty-eight. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only eighty-eight. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.

Fred Astaire
One of the most amazing and influential dancers of all time. He always stayed young at heart. He broke a wrist at age 78 because he was having fun riding a skateboard. He adored his first wife, Phyllis Potter, and was heartbroken when she died in 1954 at lung cancer. He wouldn’t marry again until age 81 when he was finally ready to start life afresh. Thinks of what other fun things he would have gotten to if pneumonia hadn’t taken him down.

Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula was an amazing science fiction author with a talent for bringing unusual worlds to life. She’s known for her Earthsea series, for The Left Hand of Darkness, and many others. She was still consulting on projects right up to her death.

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Looking to become more content with where you are in life and what you have to look forward to? I highly recommend meditation. Even just five minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your serenity, energy levels, and patience.

My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.

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100 Is A Special Age Because …

100. A truly special number. A number to celebrate! And for many people, age 100 is when the fun begins! You’re a centenarian now. You’re in triple digits. In 2012 over 316,000 people were in this magical age group. With all the improvements in medical science, estimates are that the current generation of babies born will have a full third of them reach this milestone.

Did you know the Guinness Book of Records says that the oldest author to have their first book published was Bertha Wood, who published her book Fresh Air and Fun: The Story of a Blackpool Holiday Camp at age 100? It was her memoirs. So if you’re currently 100 years old, you could get into the book of world records by working on your book now and releasing it at age 101!

Look up Frank Shearer. At age 100 he loves to water ski and ride horses. By staying active throughout his life he kept his body healthy. He’s a retired physician, so he had some training in how to do that!


The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age one hundred. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only one hundred. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.

Bob Hope
Think of all the amazing things Bob Hope is known for. He was a dancer, singer, actor, comedian, and even a boxer. He did numerous shows with Bing Crosby. He was active on the USO circuit. He was active right through his later years. It was only pneumonia which finally took him down.

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Looking to become more content with where you are in life and what you have to look forward to? I highly recommend meditation. Even just five minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your serenity, energy levels, and patience.

My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.

Best of all, it’s free!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Feel free to comment below about my book, this site, or anything at all!

78 is a Special Age Because …

Age 78 is the perfect time to explore new opportunities and adventures! Take inspiration from Grandma Moses.

Grandma Moses’s real name was Anna Mary Robertson Moses. She worked on farms, raised ten children, and enjoyed life. Then when she was 78 she decided to take up painting seriously. Part of it was spurred by her arthritis which made her current entertainment, embroidery, too painful.

Now her works sell for quite a lot of money!

James Caan is a talented actor who loves his job. When he was 77 he was Grandpa in Undercover Grandpa. At age 78 he’s working on Welcome to Pine Grove!


The Bonus Years

Talented author Penny Vincenzi was well known for her 17 novels and reached best selling status. She was actively working on her next novel when she passed away at age 78. We’ll never know what other stories she wanted to share with the world. She would have greatly appreciated having more time to write – and so would her many fans!

Author Jim Harrison who earned acclaim for his book “Legends of the Fall” also passed away at age 78. He’d written over 30 books during his career and was still actively writing. He was primarily an outdoorsman who got into writing when he was injured and was bedridden for a while.

Famous actor John Ireland, known for over 200 different movies like “Spartacus”, “All the King’s Men”, and “Gunfight at the OK Corral”, passed away at age 78 from leukemia. He would have been thrilled to have beaten that disease and to be healthy enough to continue acting.

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My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.

Best of all, it’s free!

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80 is a Special Age Because …

The magic beginning of the octogenarian decade! What a wonderful age to reach. Eighty. Eight-zero. Eight is the symbol of infinity, when tilted on its side!

Did you know the celebration of an 80th anniversary calls for oak? Oak symbolizes strength and wisdom. It’s sure that a person who is hearty and healthy when they are 80 have something going for them!

80 can be the culmination of all your strengths and talents. The amazing actress Jessica Tandy, who was acting from age 18, got her Oscar award at age 80 for Driving Miss Daisy. And she wasn’t even done yet. She was nominated for a best supporting actress two years later in Fried Green Tomatoes.

Youngsters might think of 80 as old, but in Okinawa over HALF of women live past the age of 89. So being 80 means you still have fun years ahead of you!


The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age eighty. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only eighty. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.

Mary Tyler Moore
This amazing actress inspired an entire generation (or two!) with her talents. She pushed the envelope with her characters and also worked on many charity projects. Sadly, she ended up catching pneumonia and dying from that.

Marlon Brando
Another towering figure well known for a variety of roles. He’s considered one of the greatest actors of all time and worked well into his later years. He had liver cancer and diabetes. Many around him knew he wasn’t taking good care of himself. If only he had been healthier, think of the roles he might have played.

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Are you currently 80? Do you have any special memories of when you were 80? Please share them below!


Five Minute Meditation:
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for Absolute Beginners

Looking to become more content with where you are in life and what you have to look forward to? I highly recommend meditation. Even just five minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your serenity, energy levels, and patience.

My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.

Best of all, it’s free!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Feel free to comment below about my book, this site, or anything at all!

72 is a Special Age Because …

72! What a glorious age! Most people have retired by now and are enjoying hobbies. Maybe traveling and seeing the world. Maybe spending more time with family and friends. Maybe just relaxing and being able to do whatever they wish with their spare time.

Being 72 is a feat in and of itself. It was only 1950 when the average lifespan for white women in the US finally crossed 72. Black women joined in in 1980. White men didn’t reach that milestone until 1990. Black men only just barely made it onto that list as a national average, and in many states they still haven’t. In DC their average life expectancy is only 66.5 years.

The oldest known human was Jeanne Calment who died in 1997 at age 122. If you’re 72 now, it means you’ve got an entire 50 years to enjoy and treasure life! That’s certainly a lot of incentive to keep your body and brain healthy and running smoothly.

It’s always a challenge to look at ancient times and figure out a “true” life expectancy. Sure, sites can claim that the average Roman didn’t make it past 24, but that’s only because so many infants died quite young. It’s not as if it was a Logan’s Run world with zero people over the age of 30. Rather, for those people who did survive the childhood maladies and make it to age 10, it was typical for them to live to about age 47.5. Sure, it’s not 72, but it’s not 30, either. So if you’re 72 now, you’re an entire 24 years past their average.

Think of all those famous Romans. Caesar. Ptomely. Seneca the Younger. Think of what all those people would have given to get another 24 years added to their life to research. To enjoy the world.

If you’re thinking of taking up a new hobby, be inspired that Grandma Moses didn’t begin painting until age 78.

Agatha Christie turned 72 in 1962. She still had another 13 years of great life and writing ahead of her. In 1962 she published “The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side.” She wrote many more books after that.

72 is a time to celebrate and dedicate yourself to enjoying life!


The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age seventy-two. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only seventy-two. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.

John Wayne
What an iconic figure. He starred in 142 films and was known the world around. He finally succumbed to cancer. It’s true he smoked, but he was also in the movie “The Conquerer” which was filmed downwind from a nuclear test site. A full 91 of the cast and crew of that movie ended up getting cancer. John would have undoubtedly loved more years to act, read, and enjoy his family.

Herman Melville
Moby Dick! The Great White Whale! He was also a poet. When Melville passed away he was actively working on both poetry and a novel. He wasn’t able to get either one completed. He would have loved an opportunity to see those projects to completion.

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Are you currently 72? Do you have any special memories of when you were 72? Please share them below!


Five Minute Meditation:
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for Absolute Beginners

Looking to become more content with where you are in life and what you have to look forward to? I highly recommend meditation. Even just five minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your serenity, energy levels, and patience.

My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.

Best of all, it’s free!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Feel free to comment below about my book, this site, or anything at all!

64 is a Special Age Because …

Ah, 64. When one is young, 64 seems like an absolutely ancient age. One where you are toddling around with a cane barely able to walk or think. But for many of us, 64 is a delightful age and you’re nearing retirement. You’re finally ready for all the adventures in life!

We all remember the famous Beatles song involving the age of 64. I can’t list the lyrics here for copyright reasons, but it goes something like this :). Note that this is a cover band – apparently the real Beatles music isn’t on YouTube for some reason. Probably involving money.

64 is a magical number. It is 8 times 8. Which itself is 2 times 2, times 2. Maybe it’s the most special of all ages. Like I said, most people aim to retire about age 65. So 64 is that final golden moment when you are at the top of your profession and ready to give it all up to simply enjoy life. To soak in the glory of what our world has to offer.

Judi Dench was a full 64 years old when she won the Best Supporting Oscar for Shakespeare In Love. She was brilliant in that as Queen Elizabeth I!


The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age sixty-four. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only sixty-four. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.

Bram Stoker
Does the name Bram Stoker send a shiver down your spine? This famous Irishman wrote the novel Dracula! Think of all the many movies and novels which owe a debt to his rendition of the vampire. Bram published Dracula in 1897, when he was fifty years old. He then suffered a series of strokes which led to his death. Imagine what other stories he might have written if he had been able to!

William Faulkner
William Faulkner is famous for all sorts of works. He wrote novels and essays, short stories and plays. He was quite intelligent but school just didn’t interest him; he never graduated from high school. He earned the Nobel Prize at age 52. There could have been many more stories, but he fell from a horse, was seriously injured, and then had a heart attack.

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Five Minute Meditation:
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Looking to become more content with where you are in life and what you have to look forward to? I highly recommend meditation. Even just five minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your serenity, energy levels, and patience.

My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.

Best of all, it’s free!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Feel free to comment below about my book, this site, or anything at all!

53 is a Special Age Because …

Ah, 53. You’re now several years past crossing the boundary of 50. It’s no longer an immediate thing. You are settling into your fifties which, for many, is the happiest decade of their life. It’s a time where you are reaping the rewards of previous efforts. You are comfortable with who you are. You have had time to make progress toward your goal. And there’s still lots of life left in front of you. Lots of time to enjoy your career or activities or whatever it is that you want to be doing.

Look at Christoph Waltz. In 2010 he was awarded the Supporting Best Actor Oscar for his work in Inglourious Basterds. He was 53 years old. He had studied acting from childhood and grew up in a theater family. Acting had always been his dream. He focused and strove and practiced and improved. It culminated when he turned 53 and was at last recognized for his skill.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, held in Beijing, China, one of the competitors was 53. You might think it was in a ‘calm’ sport like archery. No! This was Ayele Seteng from Israel who entered as a MARATHONER. This wasn’t some sort of a “mercy spot”. Just four years previously he’d finished 20th. His personal best time was done just a few years previously in 2003. On most days he runs a half-marathon just to stay in shape. At 53.

Being 53 means you have the wisdom and experience to know what to do. You have a sense of your goals and dreams. Now it’s the time to map them out and chase them!


The Bonus Years
Here on this site we not only are inspired by those who came into their own at age fifty-three. We also keep in our memories those whose lives ended when they were only fifty-three. It reminds us that our days ahead are precious. They are a blessing. They are golden time that others would have fervently wished for.

Vivien Leigh
Ah, Vivien Leigh. Best known for the pampered spitfire of a woman in Gone with the Wind who deals with love, loss, and renewal. She won an Academy Award both for that and for her role in A Streetcar Named Desire. She was an immensely talented actress. Through it all she struggled with tuberculosis. Imagine having tuberculosis and trying to do all of those acting tasks? She was both in movies and plays, too.

She also struggled with chronic depression and mental illness. Through it all, she persevered to master her craft.

At age 53, she was rehearsing for A Delicate Balance when once again her tuberculosis interfered with her plans. She decided to take a few weeks off to get through it. But her body just wasn’t strong enough. She collapsed with fluid in her lungs and in essence suffocated to death. Even in modern times, 1.3 million people a year die from tuberculosis.

Vivian was a fantastic actress who was looking forward to tackling any number of new roles. She struggled with her body’s diseases throughout her life. She would have given anything to be free of that illness and be able to focus on her acting with everything she had. We should cherish both the health we have and the life we have before us.

Jerry Garcia
I also have to mention Jerry Garcia because I love the Grateful Dead music. While Vivian struggled with an infectious disease, Jerry struggled with addictions. He started smoking pot as a teenager and over the years got sucked into a variety of dangerous drugs. He also had diabetes caused by his continual poor eating and in 1986 nearly died in a diabetic coma. Unfortunately despite that wake-up call he never accepted the help he needed and his health issues seriously impacted the band throughout their time. He did finally try to come clean in a drug rehab facility when his body gave up – he had a fatal heart attack. That was in 1995.

A few years after that, I was in New York City’s Central Park and Phil Lesh and Friends (pretty much the remaining band) were playing. It was just SO beautiful to hear them play. It made me think what type of music Jerry would have been making if he had managed to keep going. If he had found a new way to eat and to manage his stress. We might have had amazing new songs to treasure.

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Are you currently 53? Do you have any special memories of when you were 53? Please share them below!


Five Minute Meditation:
Mindfulness, Stress Relief, and Focus
for Absolute Beginners

Looking to become more content with where you are in life and what you have to look forward to? I highly recommend meditation. Even just five minutes a day can make an enormous difference in your serenity, energy levels, and patience.

My book goes step by step through how to meditate and how to overcome challenges.

Best of all, it’s free!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Feel free to comment below about my book, this site, or anything at all!