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Are you or someone you know turning 50? Are you looking for great 50th birthday party ideas? A great theme for the celebration is the "Wish-Idas." If you don't know what they are, here's Jo McNamara's version...

The Wish-Idas...
The Benefits of Turning 50

"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."
George Santayana

Fun 50th BirthdayIf someone had told me in my 20s I would attempt to start my own home business at 50, I would have thought they had taken some really strong drugs. If someone had told me in my 30s I would write articles that would be read by hundreds of people, I would have asked them how long they had been hearing voices. If someone had told me in my 40s I would have a business that involved using a computer, I would have laughed so hard I would need to excuse myself to change my underwear.

Well, here I am...50 years old. I have started my own home business; I have written articles that have been read by hundreds of people (Okay...I KNOW my husband, best friend and mother-in-law have read them); and my home business involves the computer.

I say this with absolutely no conceit. I say this with wonder and amazement. This actually is ME living this life. I've dreamed of owning my own business for years; I've dreamed of writing and being published for years. I'm STILL dreaming of learning how to stop crashing the computer.

"In your 20s and 30s, you have the luxury of saying, "I can always do that later." At 50, your "laters" are NOW..."

I don't regret not doing any of this at a younger age. I fully appreciate what is happening to me more at the age of 50 because I know what a struggle it has been. I'm more humble about my "success" because I have an attitude of gratitude. I look at what I've accomplished with the astonishment of a 3-year-old.

When I turned 50, I realized that the road before me was shorter than the road behind me. There was something about turning 50 that made me come to the realization that I didn't have as much time to do the things I've always wanted to do.

I've had dreadful visions of being 80, sitting in a rocking chair on a front porch, reflecting back upon all the "Wish-Idas." "Wish I'd done this; wish I'd done that." At 50, my fear of the"Wish-Idas" became stronger than my Fear of Failure, my Fear of Humiliation and my Fear of Being Technically Inept.

These are not things you think about in your 20s or 30s. That is the time in your life when you tend to feel that your future is spread out in front of you. It's as though you are standing on a spot on the East Coast and you see clearly in front of you the road that leads to the West Coast. At 50, you are somewhere in Kansas (close to the Colorado border) and now the road in front of you doesn't seem so long.

In your 20s and 30s, you have the luxury of saying, "I can always do that later." At 50, your "laters" are NOW.

This is not meant to be a depressing article on getting older. Turning 50 was not depressing for me. Turning 50 revitalized me. It gave me the confidence to feel I could tackle those things I've always wanted to do. If I didn't succeed at something the first time and I sincerely wanted it, I would keep trying and keep trying. If it wasn't meant to be, so be it; at least I gave it 100%.

The point of this article is this: Try ANYTHING that you sincerely and passionately want to do. You have nothing to lose. Feel that you're too old? How old is "too old?" "Too old" is any age YOU decide it is. If you decide there is no such age, then the world will stand aside to let you pass.

I am slowly shortening my list of "Wish-Idas." More and more I'm thinking when I look back on my life, I'll be saying, "I've had a full life following my passions. Successes and failures, but at least I tried."

Never place limits on yourself. Don't let it be YOU sitting in a rocking chair on a front porch, regretting the "Wish-Idas."

"Do not aspire to immortality, but exhaust the limits of the possible." Pindar

About the Author...
Jo McNamara lives in Orlando, FL, with 8 cats and 1 husband. Jo wishes to express her gratitude to Dale Armin Miller. "The success I achieve tomorrow will be because of the Internet Marketing Success Arsenal."

"Wish-Ida" 50th Party Ideas:

mountain viewThe first thing you'll need to do is find out what the wish-idas are.

Wish-ida taken a trip to Europe? Your party theme can be European travel. Request guests to bring books on travel, travel gear and luggage. Plan a French menu and decorate with travel brochures! Start thinking about a real getaway...

Wish-ida finished my college degree? Gifts can be school related items... schedule planners, books, pen and pencils, briefcase and books. Decorations can create a campus effect with pom-poms and college banners. The local college class schedule for the upcoming semester and admissions booklets may turn this wish-ida party into a graduation party in a few years!

Although many well-meaning friends and loved ones opt for the usual "Trip Down Memory Lane" or "Aged to Perfection" theme for the 50th, this milestone birthday should be all about looking forward to new accomplishments and new goals.

Instead of "Over the Hill" how about "Over the Mountain" or "Top of the World"? -- with a celebration that ties the person's life together with exciting adventures that lie just ahead! Fashion your homemade invitations with hiking clipart and decorate with inspiring poster views of mountain vistas.

You get the idea... find out what the wish-idas are and focus on one that can be made into a reality. This is one 50th birthday party theme that will be the most fun and can give the best gift ever.

More about celebrating your 50th birthday around the Web:

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