The half-century birthday calls for a big celebration. The 50th birthday heralds the rebirth of a relaxed person who has fulfilled many of his obligations. Do not count life's success by benchmarks or years; count the blessings bestowed upon you. Life looks different when it does not saddle you with the responsibilities and ambition you faced earlier.
The most important time in your life is now. When you are ready to walk into the sunset, make sure that you don't look back and wonder why you missed out on all those beautiful moments that came by. Here are the thoughts of various people on the 50th birthday and midlife in general:
Joan Rivers: Famously Acerbic American Comedian, Actress, and Producer, 1933-2014
"Looking 50 is great if you're 60."
George Orwell: English Author of "1984" and "Animal Farm," 1903-1950
"At age 50, everyone has the face he deserves."
James A. Garfield: U.S. President, 1831-1881 (Assassinated)
"If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old."
Richard John Needham: Canadian Newspaper Humor Columnist, 1912-1996
"The seven ages of man: spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills, and wills."
Pablo Picasso: Spanish Painter, Sculptor, Cubism Pioneer, and Author, 1881-1973
"The years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down!"
Jack Benny: American Comedian and Actor, Perennially Age 39, 1894-1974
"The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything!"
Lucille Ball: American Comedian, Actress, and Early Sitcom Star, 1911-1989
"Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle!"
Muhammad Ali: American Boxer and Amateur Philosopher, 1942-2016
"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."
George Bernard Shaw: Irish Playwright of "Pygmalion," 1856-1950
"Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter!"
Don Marquis: American Humorist, Novelist, and Playwright, 1878-1937
"Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever."