In a matter of days I will be saying this year I turn 50. I imagine most people take this in stride:
Own a home- Check.
Kids doing well. Check.
Established in a career. Check.
I take a deep which I am learning to do and sigh.
Since I can’t check off anything above I wonder what I am going to say at 50.
What would I say when people ask me
“how old are your kids?”
“Hmmmm, I never had kids.”
It’s always elicits the same response, “really?”
“You must have put everything into your career. Not having kids and all.”
I never respond to that. I never explain how much I love being in the helping profession. How I never really made it, I just like serving and working in the city where I live. I know I will never be promoted as I just can’t, really don’t want to play the game of becoming an administrator. I am grateful I don’t want to. I would hate that. Can you imagine being disconnected from the work? Just to have a title and a larger paycheck?
I own a condo, which isn’t too controversial since I live in a city. I won’t have to explain that.