Update 12/8/17: this was written two years ago, almost to the date. I’ve “found” fifty, and am still trying to make sense of it all, as I approach the first day of my second half-century, which arrives in two days.
I’m writing this intro on my 49th birthday, December 10, 2015. Today, I’m beginning a journey that will last 52 weeks and one day (just realized it’s a leap year in 2016).
That journey will end on my fiftieth birthday. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that.
Throughout those weeks, I plan to share my thoughts on the prospect of reaching the half-century mark. I’m going to set some goals, achieve them, and I’m probably going to fall off-track at times. It’s all part of living, isn’t it?
But I also want those of you who are in my shoes — about to approach it, recently arrived, or arrived a while ago and are still living to tell about it — to share your thoughts as well.
My goal is to publish an anthology about “finding fifty”. I’m not yet sure whether I will publish it here on my blog or as a paperback or as an eBook — but I’m GOING to do it.
What would I like from you?
Your honesty. Authenticity. Write a poem, story, or a letter to yourself. Draw a picture or take a photo of what “finding fifty” means or looks like to you. Something I can put on the web or on a printed page, and something that you are comfortable sharing with others. It MUST be your original work, though, please.
If you’d like to join me, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add you to my project group list. As I have more details on the project, I’ll share them with you. In the meantime, if you already have an idea of what you’d like to submit, feel free to tell me about it!