I'm not really one to put a lot of weight into dates and years and such, but since we're now a half hour into my 50th year in this life, it's at least worth a few comments.
First, I honestly don't "feel 50"... though I can't tell you what that's supposed to feel like, so I guess it doesn't matter. I've never really known what is it to feel a certain age... sure, I can tell my body doesn't recover from sleeping on the ground as readily as it used to, and when I smile I get those little smile wrinkles around my eyes. Lord knows my hair long ago passed the "going grey" phase, though there's still some brown in there yet. But as far as "feeling my age"? Not so much. I feel like me. Always have.
That being said, a look back at a year ago, and a lot has happened. A year ago I had no idea that I'd be taking over bikes@vienna and becoming a small business owner. I had no clue that my boss and good friend John was going to move and hand over his creation to me. And I didn't know that I'd be in a great relationship with the lovely woman I'm with. Add to that an unplanned, short notice move back in October, AND an impending second move at the end of this month, and it certainly hasn't been dull for me, this last bit of my forties - beginning of my fifties.
So, I guess I'd just like to say... well, happy birthday to me!