Another birthday has came and now past this week and as everyone has asked…yes it was a big one…50. I’ve heard so many people talk about turning 40 was the worse or 50 nearly killed me. Looking back on my birthdays, I don’t recall being upset about the new year. Am I crazy? I am 50 now and when I was growing up that was one step away from the grave but not anymore. What is 50…it’s a number, it’s how much a Diet Coke used to cost, it’s 25 times 2, it’s still younger than my husband, it’s 5 decades I have lived and 5 decades of memories made. It’s being old enough to know better and wise enough to know when to stop. It’s being old enough to have watched the Facts of Life, Top Gun and Dallas the first time. It’s old enough to remember skating rinks, hall passes in school, Cavalier football at TTU, cruising Jefferson Avenue on Friday and Saturday nights, hanging out at the Cookeville Mall, buying cookies and lemonade at the Cookie Jar, home economics class in school, the water slide and pool on Jefferson, the talking Christmas tree at Harveys. It’s also being old enough to remember concerts at TTU, Murphy Center and Starwood and paying less than $10 for a ticket. It’s remembering how Cookeville has changed but still stayed the same. It’s being able to now enjoy concerts with my daughter and listen to her sing along to Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper…Girls just wanna have fun at 50 too! Enjoy everyday and remember you only get old when you want to…bring on the next decade!