A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.
So, who is right? Muhammad Ali or Max Lerner? Can you change, really change, in your 50s, 60s and beyond? Or are we doomed to stagnation and slow decline, incapable of (or refusing) real change? I am determined to find out.
I’m Jennifer, a 54 year old wife, mom, and intermittent Marriage and Family Therapist. I’ve struggled with my weight most of my life, losing and re-gaining multiple times. This time around I am determined to do things differently; to really change my lifestyle and my thinking in order to lose the weight and be rid of it for good. I’ve already lost 31 pounds. I have a long way still to go, but I am on my way.
I’ve been contemplating starting a blog for a while now, but kept thinking: the world does not need One. More. Blog. It just doesn’t. But then I started looking for blogs, podcasts and success stories from people over 50 and I didn’t find nearly as much as I would have liked.
But even that is not the real reason I am doing this. I have found that writing honestly about what I think and feel tends to keep me out of the kitchen and away from the drive-though. It keeps me more centered and focused on my goals: to lose weight and be more active; to have a new point of view at this stage in life.
So which quote is true about life in your 50s? I’m gonna have to go with Muhammad Ali.