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Is 50 really the new 30?

August 30, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
While some co-workers are having babies and raising young children, I definitely feel my almost 53 years when there are discussions about childcare , losing first teeth, starting school, and those first forays into playing sports.

Just the other day on the news there was that often repeated statement that '50 is the new 30.' What exactly does that mean?

If you compare age 50 today to when my grandparents were the same age, it probably would look different. The way they dressed and acted at 50 is different from the way that ‘baby boomers’ approach those same ages.

You also have to think of the many advances that have occurred since the early 1900s which have helped to delay the aging process for people today. Being 50 or older no longer means that you’ve hit old age. People are staying more active and living into your 90s and even 100s is no longer a rarity.

I feel like it was a lifetime ago when I was in my 30s and raising my sons. My life today is just experiencing things on a different spectrum — seeing my youngest graduate from college and get his first job and watching my older son being a father.

And unlike my life in my 30s, I’m not on any set schedule where my day is ruled by naps, meals and bed times. Outside of work, my time is really my own to do what I never had time to do when my kids were younger. I have the time to read a magazine or a book or just have fun playing with my granddaughter. Whether 50 is really the new 30 or not, all I know is that life is good.


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