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On Turning Fifty and Procrastination

October 8, 2013

I have a cousin-in-law some ten or so years older than me.  I recall seeing him on my thirtieth birthday and also recall his birthday greeting that day.  It wasn’t “Happy birthday,” “Best wishes on this momentous occasion,” or even “Hope you have a nice birthday.”  No, what I got was “How does it feel to have lived half your life?”   It didn’t pole-vault him into #1 relation status.

That said, I have to admit when you turn fifty you start to suspect you have lived half your life (keep a good thought), and can be tempted to look back on all the things you should’a, could’a, would’a, but didn’t.  Mine’s a long list, I’ll admit.  I hit a home run on the marriage front, have two fantastic kids who snuck around behind my back and became high-quality adults, and all in all I can’t really complain about much.  But I did have plans different than where I landed.  As examples:

The novel I started when I was nineteen (Cold! was his first thought.  So Cold!), banging the words out on an IBM Selectric, still has about 119,000 of the 120,000 word target left to complete.  I didn’t lose that extra 10 20 30 50 100 180 pounds I so desperately need to lose.  I’ve not made my first million — well, not really true, as I have earned in gross over a million when you add all those tax return total salaries together.  It just seems you can’t save enough to take that early retirement you always counted on.  And there’s probably a few other plans of mice and man here and there that weren’t achieved, but all that said I have the odd occasion of fun, laughed a fair amount, and made others laugh from time to time as well.  Can’t complain at all.

Can’t complain — but can decide it’s time to get in gear and do a few things.  Complete the novel, lose the weight, work on that early retirement plan.  And keep laughing.  Gotta keep laughing, and that’s been tough to do this year; 2013 has been a bit of a slog.  Just have to keep slogging along.

Not sure if this would qualify as an on-target first post, but the purpose of Mississippi Ramblings is to jot down the minutia of what crosses my mind, so I find it fitting.  Oh, and that procrastination thing?  Well, I turned fifty over four years ago, so got that nailed with this first post.

Have a nice day, world.

Your friend,

Rick

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