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Two weeks ago I turned 50. I wondered if I would wake up suddenly wiser, or with an increase in aches and pains. But 50 felt no different than 49 — which is true of most milestone birthdays.

50 years.  To those who are older it probably seems young.  To those you are younger it probably seems old.  But for me it’s perfect.  I’m half way to 100.  

The other day a customer asked me if I had any regrets over the last 50 years.  I thought about it for a moment, and decided there was no point in holding onto regret.  You make the decisions you make, and live with the consequences, good or bad. 

There are probably things I would have done differently, as I am a little wiser now than I was at 21. But I wouldn’t change a thing.  The path my life has taken is not where I intended it to be. But I am grateful to be where I am. I have no regrets. 

Why?  Because I am blessed.  I never ever dreamed I would have so rich a life. I’ve enjoyed:

  • 50 years of good times
  • 50 years of wonderful experiences
  • 50 years offabulous friendships

Life is nothing without good people surrounding you, and so my 50th is a celebration of all the people who have meant something to me over the years.

As I take a final look back before I head into the next 50 years, I look forward to cementing these friendships further, and making new ones too. 

50 has come around fast. I now realise, you have to live every day to the max. Life comes and goes very quickly and the older you get the quicker it goes. You don’t know how many summers you have left.   

After 50 years, what advice can I offer you? 

  • Be positive
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff
  • Be grateful for what you have
  • Make time for other people

As Paul Holmes said at the end, ‘You only get one life, and what a beautiful gift it is.’