A couple days ago, while shopping online at Margaritaville - because I don't live at the beach, that's why! - I came across Jimmy Buffett’s book, “A Pirate Looks at 50”.
No, of course I didn’t buy it… I already own it!
Read it a few years ago.
But I think I need to read it again.
Something about the title struck a chord with me. I immediately began thinking about being 50.
I passed that milestone almost four months ago.
No, I didn’t cry.
But I suppose I’ve been holding back, trying not to think about it.
If only AARP would leave me alone!
You see, I don’t know what 50 is supposed to look like.
-My Dad died at 42, so I can’t look to him for an example of growing old gracefully.
-Most of the images you see in the media are either in their 20s – with less than 2% body fat and naturally cut abs – or they’re older than dirt!
-I’m at the very tail end of the “Baby Boom”, so I don’t really find my place there; but I’m not a “GenX” either.
Truth is, when I look in the mirror, I still see the same eyes staring back at me that I have seen for the past 50 years. And I don’t seem to notice that there is more gray hair now
Okay, more gray, less hair...
The bathroom scale also says there is a lot more weight.
And while I’d like to think I look like this…
…right now I’m looking more like this.
I’m not sure that’s good.
No, I know that’s not good!
At 50, can I still run and jump and play?
Without looking odd?
or hurting myself?
A lot of the older guys I know still run, but mainly because their doctors have told them they need to exercise more or they will die.
I’m not quite ready to die yet, but I don’t want to run out of fear either. I want to have fun doing it! I want to be able to play.
…something other than “Solitaire”!
I know I can’t keep up with the 20-somethings. So is there a summer softball league for guys over 50?
Or am I now supposed to hike up my pants to my arm pits and take up Bocce Ball?
Actually, it looks more like this!
I’m still a few years away from horseshoes and shuffleboard… I think.
So I guess I need a role model. Who can show me what 50 is supposed to look like?
Hmmm… What would Jimmy Buffett do?
I think I need to re-read the book!