Reflections on Turning 50

Reflections on Turning 50: Embracing Impermanence and Finding Peace

As I approach my 50th birthday (tomorrow), I can’t help but reflect on the ups and downs of my life so far. There have been moments of joy and moments of pain, times when I felt like I had everything together and times when everything seemed to be falling apart.

But as I approach this milestone, I feel a sense of peace and acceptance. I’ve come to understand that life is full of impermanence and that everything is constantly changing. I’ve learned to let go of my attachment to things and to embrace the present moment, no matter what it brings.

Being a father of three teenage children adds a layer of complexity to this, as I reflect on the ways in which my parenting has impacted their lives and the ways in which they have impacted mine. It is both humbling and rewarding to see them navigate their own paths and to witness their growth and development as individuals.

Of course, there are still challenges ahead, but I feel equipped to face them with a sense of calm and equanimity. I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and for the people who have been a part of my journey. And I’m excited to see what the next 50 years will bring.

By William McGill

Like many people, I believe I’m here to make a positive difference in the lives of those around me, and thus the world. Through continual learning and meeting people from both near and far, I continue evolving into an adept person capable of and endeavoring to give back in beneficial and meaningful ways.

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William McGill