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 Benefits of Turning 50
of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."
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
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.
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%.
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
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."
not aspire to immortality, but exhaust the limits of the possible."
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:
The first thing you'll need to do is find out what the wish-idas are.
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...
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:
50th Inspired Birthday Party Ideas
How to Throw a 50th Birthday Party on a Budget