Letter: Life is sweet at fifty

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The Independent Online
Sir: Further to Bel Mooney's thoughts on "How it really feels to be fifty" (28 May), herewith a list of the benefits of celebrating your 50th birthday (mine's on 11 June if anyone wants to send gifts):

1. You aren't dead.

2. You survived the Sixties and Seventies and can lie about going to Beatles / Stones / Status Quo concerts before the old rockers got wrinkles.

3. You can purport to be wise and worldly when you're really just as confused as everyone else.

4. If men are still salivating over Julie Christie, aged 57, you've got a seven-year standing start.

My glass isn't half empty... it's half full.


Kenilworth, Warwickshire