Ray the Geek's Blog

Life begins at 50!

by on Jul.31, 2012, under Uncategorized

When I was in my 20’s I thought middle age began at 30, then again the average life expectancy of a male who was obese and smoked was 60 years if you were lucky in the early 1980’s, now with modern medicine, life expectancies for men like myself are in the mid 80’s. Realistically, if I can make it another 10 years or so, it may be 90-100. Of course that all depends on how you live the rest of your life! My dad had a premonition that he would die at age 52 like his father and his brother did. Thank god he was wrong, although he has had a couple of close calls, a triple bypass in 2004 and most recently a pulmonary embolism, at 84 he is still going strong!


On Sunday August 5, 2012 I will be 50 years old. Honestly, it really does not bother me and I really don’t want to make a big deal about it. I was a heck of a lot more stressed out on the approach of my 40th birthday! I guess it is all relative. One thing I can count on is, as I age, time seems to increase exponentially. Somehow the laws of physics get a little weird as you age. I was a child, a year seemed like FOREVER! Heck, even an hour could seem like an eternity, especially when it was the last hour of school on a Friday or the hours you sat in a car while driving to go on vacation. “Are we there yet dad?” Today, it feels like someone is speeding up the clock a little more every year till next thing you know, you feel like when you sneeze, an hour passes. It reminds me of a line in Pink Floyd’s song Time: “And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.”


This brings me to the subject of the title of the post. Since time is moving faster, I need to adapt my way of life accordingly and from here on out, my new motto in life is: “Life begins at 50!” After a half century of living, I want to live the rest of my life enjoying every minute and being thankful for all I have accomplished so far. No more worrying what I cannot control or wasting time on things that have little or no value. Instead, I want my life to bring value to all the people in my life that matter and even some of those who do not. J I have always been willing to help people in any way I can because I truly do care. Some have told me one of my biggest faults was caring too much. Honestly, I completely to disagree with that because the moment you stop caring is the moment you give up on the true meaning of life! For me, the problem in the world today is too many people don’t care about anyone but themselves. Now I think I have reached an age where I can change that, at least in my own small way.


So now I have explained my view of my life looking forward, I want anyone who feels like life has been passing them by to quickly to join me in making the most of the time we have left! ENJOY!!!!




FYI: August 5, 1962 (My birth date)

The day I was born the biggest new items were the death of Marilyn Monroe, the arrest or Nelson Mandela incitement & illegally leaving  South Africa and the discover of the first quasar by radio signal. Famous people born the same day as me are Otis Thorpe, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons), Patrick Ewing, Kingston Jamaica, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic-gold-92) and William Roberts, NFL guard (NY Jets, NE Patriots). (Source: http://www.historyorb.com/date/1962/august/5).




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