Unlike most of my friends near my age, I looked forward to turning 50. I couldn’t wait to proclaim, like Salley O’Malley: I’m 50! (You might have to be close to 50 to recognize this character.) I wasn’t quite 30 years old when Salley made her first appearance on SNL. I couldn’t imagine then what I would be like or what I would be doing when I turned 50, but I loved Salley’s ridiculous energy and confidence and the wild things she tried (and succeeded at) doing.
Being a January baby, I was the first of my circle to reach this milestone. A few days before, a friend texted, “Let us know what it’s like!” Geez, what is going to happen?! I wondered.
Now that I am 50, I don’t think I can really describe what I’m like, but I can tell you some things I am doing that I didn’t expect:
-taking hip hop dance classes
-wearing skinny jeans
-being stepmom to two boys
-being married for a second time
-being a teacher of teachers
-riding my bike at night every week
-getting a brand new vaccine
-living in a global pandemic
-writing a blog
Maybe I actually turned out more like Salley O’Malley than I imagined, because I am kicking and stretching and KICKING…just without the handbag.