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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.