In hindsight, if I could, I would wear a sign on my back or forehead in the month or two leading up to my fiftieth birthday that said "handle with care". Everyone handles things in their own way, and by wanting to wrap myself in the rolls of tape shown above, you're probably getting the picture as to how I'm handling the build up to the big day!
I was on business last week in Amsterdam, and had to buy a few beauty products while there. The Dutch are known for being pretty direct, and usually I like this characteristic. But not when buying eye cream and hair conditioner at this particular point in time.
The salesman helping me recommended a eye cream, but made it a point to tell me that "it won't work overnight". Gee thanks! Then I asked him if he could recommend a good hair conditioner. He asked me a question and answered it all in one sentence, he said "is your hair colored, of course it is". He didn't even pause between question and answer. Would he have been kinder if I was wearing the sign?
I'm fairly certain his comments would have barely registered with me at another point in time. 3 months ago, or 3 months from now. But boy did they resonate last week. So it's time. I'm going to move into 50 with as much grace, dignity, expensive eye cream and conditioner that it will take!
By the way, both products have kicked in nicely, thanks to my direct Dutch friend. Dank u vel.