A Saga For Our Times

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The other night Himself and I were chatting about what we’d do for our 25th wedding anniversary. It’s not imminent, but I like to plan ahead.

“How about a cruise?” he suggested.

“Sounds grand.”

“Not wanting to be cheeky,” interrupted our Darling Daughter, “but would you consider a Saga cruise? You’d have no kids to worry about and they go to the types of places you two are interested in.”

“I’d be game, but will we qualify for Saga in, what, 6 years?”

“Sweetheart,” said Himself, “you’ll qualify next year.”

Excuse me? Next year? I don’t know about my husband, but there is no way I will qualify for Saga next year. Saga is for OLD folk, not for young people like me. I mean, I’ll only be…No! That can’t be right. I can’t possibly be 50 next year.

Yet I am.

Well, where did all the years go? I mean, I graduated Uni when I was 20 and that was only in 1982. That’s not too long ago. And hubby and I met in 1991 and we’ve only been together for …20 years.

Bugger me. I’m old.

But I don’t feel old. OK, there are many things I can’t do now that I could in my twenties, I get tired quicker and if I have to take something upstairs I wait until I have enough to do up there to make a trip worthwhile, but nearly 50? To quote a fellow Scot, there’s shurely shome mishtake?

What about all the things I was supposed to have done by now? Where is the best-seller? The photographs of me on horseback at Petra? The press cuttings of me accepting my Best Original Screenplay Oscar from the Academy?

And, more importantly, do I still have time?

Don’t get me wrong, I have achieved loads of things I never thought I would and I don’t really have any regrets, but it is scary to consider how little time is left to achieve what I dreamed of.

Or maybe I should just amend my dreams. I’m sure there’s a load of satisfaction to be had in domino championships…
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12 Comments

  1. Rachael
    Feb 1, 2011

    I like the RNA approach – the best things in life happen after 50. Loads of time to do whatever you want to – think positive!

  2. Rachael
    Feb 1, 2011

    I like the RNA approach – the best things in life happen after 50. Loads of time to do whatever you want to – think positive!

  3. Julie Corbin
    Feb 1, 2011

    I’m fifty in July and had 25th wedding anniversary this time last year. We went on a Hurtigruten cruise – only fifteen passengers – saw the Northern Lights, lots of snow and fabulous scenery – although it was dark a lot!
    Wondering what to do for my birthday now…
    (And, you know, we may get tired more easily and be needing reading glasses but all that life experience counts for so much as a writer.)

  4. Julie Corbin
    Feb 1, 2011

    I’m fifty in July and had 25th wedding anniversary this time last year. We went on a Hurtigruten cruise – only fifteen passengers – saw the Northern Lights, lots of snow and fabulous scenery – although it was dark a lot!
    Wondering what to do for my birthday now…
    (And, you know, we may get tired more easily and be needing reading glasses but all that life experience counts for so much as a writer.)

  5. Becca
    Feb 1, 2011

    You absolutely still have time, daft thing. You have bucketloads of talent andnow you have the experience and maturity to use it brilliantly.

    Plus, sorry but I can totally picture you as a troublesome old lady, stirring up the neighbouring old folks into an elderly mafia…

    X

  6. Becca
    Feb 1, 2011

    You absolutely still have time, daft thing. You have bucketloads of talent andnow you have the experience and maturity to use it brilliantly.

    Plus, sorry but I can totally picture you as a troublesome old lady, stirring up the neighbouring old folks into an elderly mafia…

    X

  7. Marion Driessen
    Feb 1, 2011

    Totally with Becca on this. Well said!

    Thanks for putting into words what more of us are feeling. Like me.

  8. Marion Driessen
    Feb 1, 2011

    Totally with Becca on this. Well said!

    Thanks for putting into words what more of us are feeling. Like me.

  9. Nicola Cornick
    Feb 7, 2011

    Beautifully put! I could totally identify with this. My (I should say our) 25th anniversary is coming up in a few years and my husband has just realised that next year he will be 50 and therefore eligible to join the village “Sunshine Club” to meet other older people and go on social outings. He’s struggling a lot with the concept of being “older.” Sometimes I do wonder where all the time has gone but I have done some wonderful things and there’s still time for all of us to do more!

  10. Nicola Cornick
    Feb 7, 2011

    Beautifully put! I could totally identify with this. My (I should say our) 25th anniversary is coming up in a few years and my husband has just realised that next year he will be 50 and therefore eligible to join the village “Sunshine Club” to meet other older people and go on social outings. He’s struggling a lot with the concept of being “older.” Sometimes I do wonder where all the time has gone but I have done some wonderful things and there’s still time for all of us to do more!

  11. Lucy Quick
    Feb 13, 2011

    I know what you mean, but you definitely still have time!

    Wonderful post x

  12. Lucy Quick
    Feb 13, 2011

    I know what you mean, but you definitely still have time!

    Wonderful post x

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