Today I am the big five two. I suppose this means that I am firmly middle aged though I don't think of myself that way. I am growing old(er) in a fairly dignified manner and I really don't mind the passage of time. I don't have as many friends as I did when I was young(er) but the bond I have with my friends is stronger now.
I like being the mother of adult children and I like being a grandmother. I like that when I look at my son and daughter I think to myself, "you done good." The sense of accomplishment I have far outweighs any regrets that my life doesn't even barely resemble the plans I had at twenty.
I thought it would never happen but I am pretty sure that I have finally grown up.