So, where is my Saga Magazine?

January 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm 1 comment

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

I apologise in advance but it is time for a daft blog. So, my forties are behind me. Unless I start aging backwards I have entered that new phase, my fifties. Even if I wanted to age backwards I don’t see that happening anytime soon so forwards I will go. So, what does one expect from their fifties? I had a think and a wee google and have come up with the following ‘facts’ and my opinions on the same:-

  • A recent article in the Guardian quoted Emma Soames, Saga magazine editor. She stated that 50 is the new 34. Her opinion, naturally enough, was that the glamour and vibrancy of fifty-somethings today made them look and feel younger. I like the sound of that but assume that this opinion was formed with sensible diet and exercise routines. If this is the case then I suppose I will have to give up crisps, dust the treadmill and get working.
  • The above article had an introduction I didn’t like quite so much and I quote – “As birthdays go, 50 used to smack of cardigans, nasty coughs and golfing carts. If 40 was the end of youth, “the big five-oh” was the dreaded number that ushered in the twilight years of cruise ships and varifocals.” I’m sorry but my cardigans are trendy, I want to go on a cruise and I do have varifocals – how else can I knit and watch Lark Rise to Candleford at the same time? Hmph:)
  • There are websites stating emphatically that 50 is the new 40! Hoot! I checked a few out so that you don’t have to bother with it. Believe me, you ain’t missing much there, unless of course you want to find out about skincare during the menopause? Oh, meh, meh and meh again. What twaddle and humbug you can find on t’internet.

As I read through the reams of nonsense I can find about being fifty, I wonder where this urge to be the new 34 or 40 has come from. Is it because we came from the baby boomer generation?  Growing up in the fifties and sixties when the world changed so much set new expectations for the young people involved in that change. There were affluent times and the world seemed smaller with travel and new experiences becoming the norm. I do think it was the start of the ‘entitlement’ age, where many expected their lives to be full of wonder because they wanted it to be, they deserved it. It may be charming, it may be naive, it may be downright foolish to expect so much from life. However, it did make people explore and cross boundaries as they felt there were no barriers. That is a wonderful attitude to life. The flip-side is when all the wild plans don’t come off and disappointment and bitterness follows.

Could this baby-boomer mindset lead to a denial of age? Are the baby-boomers scared that that middle-age and beyond is a place they don’t belong? I don’t worry about my age, it is only a number. I don’t feel and think much differently from 20-plus years ago and am sure that most of us feel the same way. However, this doesn’t make me want to hide my age, what would be the point.

My conclusion? Age is nothing, it is the person you are that counts. I would like to see everyone enjoying their age, whatever age that is. Think outward, not inward. Worrying about aging is like worrying about the world spinning, the alternative isn’t so pleasant. Enjoy life, ignore numbers:)

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.


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