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What does being over 50 really mean?


Whether feared or embraced, turning 50 is a milestone.

You might be seizing the moment and revelling in the freedom of life as a quinquagenarian [kwing-kwuh-juh-nair-ee-uh n]

(Yes there is a name for people aged between the ages of 50-59)

Or you could be struggling to deal with the massive changes that are typical in the “third age” (as Deborah calls it).

However you feel about turning 50 or living in your 50’s, Balance is here to inspire and support you through the big 5-Oh and beyond!

We’ve had plenty of celebrities on Balance who’ve shared their thoughts on what being over 50 means to them….(see our Top 5 interviews below)

Turning 50: A Reason To Celebrate

Are you running towards, or running away from 50? For many women, it’s a milestone they’d prefer not to celebrate but for most of our special guests, it’s become a turning point in life.

First up, watch the response from Newsreader Juanita Phillips (video above).

“My forties had not been happy for me. I was in a difficult marriage but by the time I was approaching 50 I was in this wonderful stage of my life where I felt really free. I was on my own with my kids and then I met my partner Greg, so I didn’t have any fear around turning 50,” she said.

Juanita feels happy to be alive at a time when women ‘of a certain age’ have so many choices available to them.

“So many women I know are forging new careers and reinventing themselves and I think that’s one way to tackle our fear of ageing – to not look at it as the years ticking away but as an opportunity to go on and do stuff that we really want to do.

“It’s a whole extra stage of life that we probably wouldn’t have had in previous generations. We also have the ability to create a whole new career for ourselves. I’m excited about the next phase,” she said.

Amanda Keller

Radio presenter and TV personality Amanda Keller believes most people ‘freak out’ about birthday milestones due to the things they are yet to achieve in their lives. For her, after so many years of trying to have a baby and finally giving birth at the age of 39 – her 40th birthday didn’t have much significance.

In this interview, she says that 50 was also a milestone that she wasn’t overly concerned about… mainly thanks to a hip replacement which has given her a new lease on life.


Jane Kennedy

Writer and comedian Jane Kennedy who says there are many reasons to feel great about yourself when you hit 50… including that feeling of liberation when you give yourself permission to speak your mind.


Anna Bligh

Former Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh talks about the empowerment of being in your 50s.

She says she worries far less about what people think.  “I’m loving my 50’s!” said Anna, “You do start to worry more about what’s going to happen as I get older, but even that seems like it might be just as good as this!’” And who are we to disagree?


Ann Peacock

From the moment she was born, Ann Peacock has been in the media spotlight. Her mother is socialite Lady Susan Renouf. Her father is Liberal politician Andrew Peacock. Her ex-husband is Michael Kroger – a businessman and former powerbroker within the Victorian Liberal Party. Her family has had to weather many storms – scandals, divorces, political upheavals – and she has had to manage the weight of public expectation.

Despite the pressure, Ann Peacock has carved out a highly successful career as the Corporate and Public Relations Manager for Melbourne’s Crown Casino – a position she has held for over 20 years. It’s a role that is full of challenges, involves hosting some of the biggest events on the Australian social calendar, and requires her to be ‘on the job’ 24/7 which can be difficult as a single mother of two sons. Somehow, despite all of this, Ann has kept her sense of humour.

In this interview, Ann talks about joining the 50s club.

Judith Lucy

Judith Lucy is one of Australia’s most popular comedians. A best-selling author, her work in television and film and her sell-out national tours have made her a household name.

What’s the best thing about getting older according to Judith Lucy? Not having to care us much about the things that worried her in her 20s and 30s.

“There’s a part of me that really doesn’t give a shit anymore and that’s a good feeling” Judith said.



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Balance Team

This article was written by the brains trust of Balance . We are a talented team of writers and contributors with real life experience and a passion for finding balance.


  1. Peter Bowen

    July 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    50 is a very artificial marker, as is 60, 40 etc.

    So long as you feel good within yourself and continue to enjoy living, that is the most important factor.


  2. Karen Brien

    July 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Being 50 means being comfortable about where you’ve been and excited for where you can still go.

  3. Elisabeth Riggs

    July 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Turning 50 is the time to embrace and celebrate you and all your amazing achievements and to forge plans for the exciting time ahead

  4. Cheryl Moulton

    July 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I am 68 and I feel great, I am pursuing my dream of acting, I am having fun, I am fit very happy and going strong.
    I am not sure that 50 is the bench mark, I would say over 60 one feels free, independent and enthusiastic for the future

  5. Lynne Lillington

    July 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    50 was a shock, first all the cards then my bowel test arrived. This started a new awakening and getting a thorough health check . Just when your kids leave home , grandkids arrive so we have changed our lives to suit us. We’ve unchained ourselves from the big house and downsizes. It’s like a rebirth. I have all I want and can enjoy life without the worries. I find now I have more time for me. I’m exercising more , eating better and seeing my friends more. I am happy with the changes in my body and mind. The downside I find myself worrying more about my parents

  6. Deidre Gillies

    July 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Being now 54, it means to me;liking and accepting myself and all my quirks more easily, not being so reliant on others opinions of me,except for those I care about. It also means being terrified of making mistakes in my life choices being newly divorced and financially, not so hot! But I am up for the challenge as part of my discovery of self, over 50. 😉👍

  7. Sue

    July 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Absolutely get out there and live and love your life.. Learnt don’t expect perfection from yourself or others.. Stay Kind , stay true to yourself eat well, stay active and have great mind set…I turn 60 tomorrow & looking forward to my 60’s .:)

  8. Danielle BRUCE

    July 7, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Being over 50 is great. You know you have entered another phase – it is true you tend not to care so much about what people think – you know yourself you know how you tick. I feel confident about speaking up now like I have something to offer. I feel I want to try things especially if people say you shouldn’t because of your age. We may be older but we are not dead yet. At over 50 we are like a flower opening up gradually and bringing our joy to many.

  9. Pam

    July 7, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Being over 50 apparently means your brain doesn’t work anymore to prospective employers. Time off on carers and now looking to return to workforce. Unwanted.

  10. Adrienne harries

    July 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I am grateful to be 50 so many don’t get there
    Being 50 means I no longer care
    Things that used to bug me
    Now make me happy
    I feel wonderful in and out
    Next 1/2 century means there’s no longer any doubt

  11. Anita Black

    July 7, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Turning 50 for me was a sad time, leaving my 40s behind….it meant accepting I was not young anymore and getting old. But with age has come acceptance of myself, I have become more confident and satisfied with who I am, not being so critical of how I look. I no longer have to try to look perfect and compete with other women! We all age and looks are not the priority, its whats in the heart. I love being a mature woman who has a lot of wisdom behind her and love being a Grandmother. I no longer worry and worry about ME.

  12. Kiriaki Zerefou

    July 8, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Turning 50 was easy still felt youthful, strong and confident. Now at 56 I still am confident but menopause sure knocks you around, I am learning to live with my slightly chubbier self and am embracing becoming a grandparent. I have retired, enjoy travel, spending time with friends and letting go of perfection. I am thankful that I am healthy, can still rock a low cut neckline and laugh with carefree abandon, bring on 60! I am ready!!!!!

  13. Valerie Gascoigne-Kaimarama

    July 8, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    At 49 I left a 30 year govt ‘career’ that had served me and my family well, paid a mortgage and put sons through school etc. I yearned for a change in pace and direction! After a mental ‘detox’ (six month break) I nervously followed a gut feeling, signed up for and became a Personal Trainer a few months shy of turning 50! Fast forward five years – I’m still a Personal Trainer everyday thanking the universe for the courage I pulled out of my rear end to do this as the very thing I was troubled about is the very thing that has gone in my favour ie. my age and life experience. There is a HUGE mature aged demographic out there of like-minded “Third Age” enthusiasts! I started my own business based solely on a fitness philosophy that made sense to me and my aging body and mindset. The fitness of my 20s-30s long happily ‘retired’. Gone is the competitive streak to keep up or fit into the “one size fits all” mainstream bootcamp mentality. Fitness now in my 50s and beyond is a total mind and body connection, it is relevant, safe, functional and sustainable. Having fun and being happy is imperative. I am enjoying a life I never had time to fully embrace as a full time working mother. I recently opened my own fitness studio! I don’t know where I’m going but I’ll know when I get there x

  14. Belinda Smith

    July 9, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    After years of not working, bringing up the kids to become responsible fully functioning adults (and super-nice humans) surviving breast cancer… starting a business for the first time in my 50’s seemed like a crazy thing to do, when lots of my friends were retiring. A few years on, I’ve never been busier, happier and I’ve never felt more fulfilled. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. A gratitude for all that’s good in my life, a certainty in my talent and abilities that comes with years of experience and no longer caring about what everyone else was thinking of me, has made this easier than I ever expected. So, my 50’s? Totally joyous!

    • Megan Houston

      Megan Houston

      July 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Congratluations Belinda! We loved your reflection on what 50 means to you! You are the winner of a free online learning course of your choice! Email coming your way.

      • Belinda Smith

        July 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        Awesome! Something else to be grateful for and I’m super happy. I received your email, thank you.

  15. Theresa

    July 10, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Over 50 means that you are still very much in the race. It’s time to take a moment and take stock of who you are, what you’ve become and more importantly where you want to go. Make plans; short, mid and long term for things that will bring you joy, always remembering to take time to be still.

    When you awake, give thanks for all that you are thankful for. Try to leave both the people around you and the planet a little bit more joyful. Celebrate you – no one else will. Hug yourself.

  16. Naomi

    July 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    In this day and age apparently fifty is the new thirty, or so I’ve read, and how convenient is that! Because of late and not for the first time I wished I could go back to being thirty-ish. I’ve also heard other women state that when a woman reaches a certain age it’s the time of the crone… Well like hell! When I think of crone I think of shriveled, old and crotchety.
    I believe that fifty is the age of the Butterfly not the crone, and it makes sense when you think of the cycle of the butterfly. Just like a butterfly evolves, we can break out of all those restrictions that children or work expectations have demanded of us, and we evolve with wings of freedom.
    We get to fly, and maybe for the first time ever the only persons we have to consider as to whether or not we want to do something is ourselves.
    We feel strong physically and emotionally, and yes there may be some sort of limitations from life’s battles that have left a few scars (a couple of strokes), but on the whole we are whole.
    But like the crone of old we have fifty or so years of living life, so we are wise, capable and know how to get what we want. But we are a young fifty and we are beautiful women with the next phase in our lives to live and really enjoy; scars and all.

  17. Jane

    July 10, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Being over 50 for me means a window of opportunity .A time do what I truely love doing and that simply brings joy into my life .A time for ” me “not in a selfish way but in an enriching way .

  18. Linda

    July 12, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I turned 50 in April this year. After a wonderful birthday dinner and then completing Run for the Kids the next day, I felt this was the start I needed to make a difference and to be kinder to myself. I now participate in personal training sessions, sing in a choir and enjoy more time for my family and good friends. I work full-time and I’m completing a Masters in Writing. Life is what you make it. Do your best and be kind and honest. A smile takes you a long way.

  19. Gemma

    July 18, 2017 at 8:07 am

    The best best best thing about being over 50(57😀) being a granny of a 31/2yr an another one due in December 🎆🎉🎇 an my own 2 children xxxxxxxxx

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