- I thought it would be easy.
- I thought it would actually be FUN in an “I’m cool, and I don’t look my age kind of way.”
- I thought it would be FREEING
I was wrong. The birthday that I was actually looking forward to celebrating to prove that I was still young at heart hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn’t ready to turn the corner and feel different about myself.
I never saw it coming
It took me a few months to get over that hump of feeling like I was nearing the end of life as I knew it, and onto the celebration of a new chapter. Thankfully, there are some things that I had to look forward to.
1. Celebrating with my immediate family:
A quiet diner out with Ben and Mr. S and being showered with gifts to make me forget was JUST what I needed (even if Mr. S complained about the restaurant that Ben picked).
2. Heading to Boston for the AARP Life@50+ event:
Boston is MY CITY. It’s home base, since I grew up in nearby Providence, RI. I’m hoping to see so many friends at this event since it’s only $25 for members and $35 for non-AARP. What a BARGAIN to hear the likes of Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg speak. Oh, and I just found out that Mike Eruzione will be there, so I’m hoping that I get to talk family with him (friend of the family, although I’ve never met him).
3. Not feeling obligated to do:
ANYTHING. I no longer feel like I HAVE to do things (besides feeding the family and paying the bills), and can say NO without that tinge of guilt.
4. Scoring some great deals:
Never one to be embarrassed I’m PSYCHED to be able to get discounts on some of my FAVORITE things to do like:
- Dine out: Restaurant gift certificates through AARP Member Advantage are 10% LESS!
- Travel: When I book through the AARP Member Advantage site, I can score an extra $525 off on my vacation package…yes, that’s on top of the “discount” that I found…and it’s through EXPEDIA!
- Entertainment: From Cirque du Soleil to Linkin’ Park, AARP Members can score HUGE discounts on 4-packs of tickets. Whoo hoo…a night out with friends.
- And MORE
5. Champagne Living:
Now more than ever, I KNOW that this is how I’m supposed to live my life…doing what I love, checking things off of the bucket list, and appreciating all of my friends and family.
A big thanks to AARP Member Advantages for bringing me to Boston for Life@50+ later this month. Mr. S & I are paid members of AARP (best $16 I’ll spend ALL year), and we USE our memberships often. All opinions are strictly my own.