Today I turn 50 years old. I think I felt older at 40. I’m certainly in better shape than I was at 45. All things considered I’m pretty happy with where I am.
My kids are 19 and 21 now and are responsible, capable, intelligent people. And they’re fun to be around.
I’ve been married 23 years now, and just like any marriage it’s had its hard times and its great times. But right now I’m deeply happy to be married to Cate and excited to spend the rest of my life with her. Not everyone can say that about their spouse at 50.
I’m writing to myself as much as to you, dear reader.
We’ve bought our RV, and are making immediate plans to implement the grand departure plan. It’s 20 years old, so we were afraid it might have issues, but just the other day the guy doing the inspection called and there’s nothing terribly wrong with it. Less than $1000 will get new batteries, the roof resealed, the heater working, and most importantly, new wiper blades. I’m pretty excited.
I’ve had a bunch of jobs in the last 11 years. 8 jobs if you count freelancing only once. Some have been great, some not so much. Right now I’m at Camber Creative and really happy with it, I can see being here for a long time.
HeroPress is 6 years old now. It’s been a life changing journey, aside from my family probably the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. We’re looking at making it a bigger project in the coming months, that’s exciting.
I’ve always thought ahead to the rest of my life, no matter what age I was. I know it’s finite, and I’ve looked at what I want to do, and how it fits. 50 isn’t old, but I’m closer to the end than the beginning. If I die at 70 then I only have 20 years left. If what I want to do is really physical then I have less time than that to get it done.
At this point I plan to live the rest of my life as I’ve been living it so far. Caring for my family, loving people, and doing my very best to show them who Jesus really is, not what messed up people have been trying to convince people who he is.
So, Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!
View all posts in this series
- Chapter 1, Heading North - June 24, 2005
- Chapter 2: The First Summer
- Chapter 3: The First Summer Part 2 - June 27, 2005
- Chapter 4: Childhood weaponry
- Chapter 5: The First Fall and Winter - July 6, 2005
- Chapter 6: Setting up house - September 7, 2005
- Hunting - June 14, 2007
- Young Judoka - April 23, 2008
- UFO! - May 18, 2009
- Living Life With Tourette Syndrome - September 23, 2019
- Thoughts on turning 50 - July 17, 2021
4 thoughts on “Thoughts on turning 50”
Happy birthday Topher! So glad to have you as friends for over half of those fifty years!
Thanks brother. Knowing you has been a really positive point in my life as well.
Happy Birthday! I turned 50 on the 15th so your post caught my attention. Well said – your final paragraph is spot on. Cheers! God Bless:)
Happy Birthday Brother! More good things are yet to come.