Here’s Your Sign


road sign indicating a maximum speed of 50 kilometres

Last night as I was running I looked up and saw a sign. Not a metaphorical one, but a real sign.

It was on a light pole and it had a big “50” on it. Turns out it’s the 50th anniversary of the lakes here in my community. They’re man-made, but still beautiful… and I enjoy them several times a week when I run on the bridge that crosses them.

I thought to myself, “Wow, are the lakes really that old?”

Underneath the “50” it said “1961 – 2011” and I realized, “Holy Crap, I was born in 1961, they’re as old as me!”

I have no problem with my age, but for the first time I felt old. And then I began to think about what turning 50 means.

It means I have tons of life experience. And all of that life experience makes me who I am today. It gives me my voice, my point-of-view. It makes me, me!

Oh, I’m sure I’ll feel a twinge of shock when I turn 50 in a few months (notably, on 11-11-11!) but I’m going to try to remember what came to me as I ran across that bridge (is that symbolic or what?!) and looked up and saw that sign. And be grateful for everything that’s brought me to this point in my life.



About Debbie

Debbie worked in marketing for 32 years and ran a successful coaching and consulting business for 19. She now teaches marketing and helps people find greater happiness and success by learning how to Follow Inspiration.

2 comments on “Here’s Your Sign

  1. I will also be turning 50 on 11/11/11. I started running about a year ago and plan to run my first 10k on the weekend on my 50th birthday. I’m also trying to think of a special way to celebrate on 11/11/11. What do you have planned?

  2. Congratulations on taking up running and planning to run your first 10K. What a great way to celebrate! I’m also a runner. I will be celebrating in Sedona… it just seemed to me like the perfect place to celebrate 11/11/11. It’s a very spiritual place and we had an amazing experience there years ago. I feel called to be there so that’s where I’ll be! 🙂

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