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In less than a week, I turn 46.  I guess that makes me officially pushing fifty.  After sliding my jeans and throwing my suede jacket over them this morning, I realized I'm not 25 anymore.  In fact, I'm long past 35 and will soon be past 45.  

Sometimes I wonder where the years have gone.  It seems like just yesterday that I graduated college.  Last week when my nephew was born.  A month or so ago that my folks, my sister and her kids traveled to Israel to celebrate my dad's seventieth birthday.  A year since I opened my own law practice.  A few weeks since I completed the first draft of my novel.  But the truth is, all those things were years ago.  

Being a woman who has never married or had children, the traditional demarcations of life are blurred for me.  I suspect this has helped me to maintain my youth (and my natural hair color).  As I approach a time when having children will no longer be an option, I'm relieved that I still don't feel any real remorse over my childfree life.   As I watch my nephew and nieces grow up, I'm thrilled to be a part of their lives, and thankful that I don't have those day to day stresses.  

In another year, I'm planning to turn my life upside down.  To walk away from the practice of law, to leave New York, to move from my comfort zone and search for a happier existence.  Not a bad plan for a woman pushing fifty...



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      Feathermaye wrote Oct 3, 2008
    • A sense of adventure? Say it ain’t so! ;)

      I love your non-traditional choices and convictions. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you through your blogs here.
      And (hopefully) sharing your upside down adventures.



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      Laurenj wrote Oct 3, 2008
    • Thanks!  Should be an interesting trip...



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      Kisbel65 wrote Oct 5, 2008
    • I am have been thinking the same thing. I like to move and change careers. It is a little harder for me because I have a 18 year old daughter and she is at home while she goes to college. I have been a single mom for 12 years and like you am asking where have the years gone. I just ended a relationship with a man who would not commit and I feel like I am going to be alone the rest of my life.



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      Laurenj wrote Oct 6, 2008
    • There are worse things than being alone.  Change can be a wonderful thing (if you don’t let fear override you).



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