Surviving the Big 5-0 Birthday

images (3)   Last year as I approached my 49th birthday, I thought I was going to be a year younger than I actually was. It wasn’t until a close friend corrected me by telling me that there was no way I was THAT much younger than she was. Damn! What did I do for a whole year? I had not prepared myself for what will come when I turned the big 5-0. My older sister said that I didn’t remember because 50 year olds forget things all the time. Hell I wasn’t 50 yet. As 49 sped by, I started planning what I would do as a Grown Azz, Mature, Soon-To-Be 50 Year Old  Woman. I decided for the entire year, I was just going to do whatever I wanted to do, rekindle old friendships,  travel wherever I want, drink heavily and eat everything. The results at 7 months into the year are this: imagesCAEXC8OM Do whatever I want to do – As long as it is over by 10pm and doesn’t turn up on social media. I will postpone running naked on the beach until I am 70. At that age, I don’t think I will really care. People will say, “awww, look at that confused old lady,  she forgot her bathing suit”.   imagesCASIGY05 Rekindle old friendships – Well…..not always a good idea. There is a reason why some people are not in your life anymore, leave it at that. imagesCATE5QDY Travel wherever I want – Lets just say, I don’t know how to travel frugally and I am spoiled with having certain amenities (toilets close by). Lets just say I am halfway through the year and my bank account is saying “WHOA!” imagesCANNJ9TN Drink heavily – When you substitute green juice for alcoholic beverages, you feel like a young’un (that’s what they call young people in the south). I can out drink anyone with some green juice. Eat everything – Who the hell am I kidding? I will have to postpone this one until I am 80 (God willing). When you reach a milestone birthday, people will say stuff like ” 30 is the new 50″. Whatever! My body does not look nor feel 30. People will say “wow, I didn’t know you were that old?” Your children will start asking you about the “olden days” (which would be the 80s) and even talk about how old they are getting. Recently, my daughter announced her 10 year high school reunion. This announcement amazed me and made me put on my big girl pants (not the Depends yet). Yes, I am really going to be 50 years old! As of July 7, I was officially “Over the Hill”. My 50 year birthday checklist has changed to simply thanking God everyday for all that I have received over my 50 years and will receive in the years to come. imagesCAU58248 However when I turn 70,  I may not be able to run naked, but I am still considering being naked at the beach and by 80, I will be eating anything my teeth will allow. After all, chewing will probably be my only physical exercise.  untitled (4) Much love,

Bahiyyah AKA Tahirah NKA Tajirah ( NKA -now known as)



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