Saturday, 20 February 2016

Am I really going to be 50 in 50 days?

Yes, I, am going to be 50 in 50 days! This blog starts today, Saturday February 20th and ends on my 50th birthday, Saturday April 9, 2016!

I wanted to celebrate this milestone birthday in a special way and couldn't think of a better way than writing every day for 50 days. I have always loved writing, but between the procrastination, the time it takes me to think and write and worrying about what the reader will think, I either don't start or give up part way! "50 in 50 days" is my gift to me, to prove to myself that I can do it!

I have some ideas of what I'd like to write about, but no plan about what it will end up looking like. I am scared about living up to the daily commitment but excited that I am finally doing this.

Now the part about turning 50!

50 is half a century! How can it be here already? It always seemed such a long way away, a number far off in the distance. A number to associate with my grandparents and then my parents... but me?

Well that number is now squarely around the corner! If I blink I might miss the next 50 days and I don't want to do that. I want to look over the last 50 years of my life and know that my being here has been worth it. I want to smile and remember the good times, shed a tear for the sad times and 'laugh till I pee' for those moments that there may not even be words for!

 I am ready to embrace 50 over the next 50 days!

Thank you for sharing a part of my life's journey with me!




18 comments:

  1. This is awesome, Minaz! What an awesome gift to yourself! Can't wait to read your blog for the next 50 days.

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    1. Thanks Faiza! You and your blog, http://itsgonnabealovelyday.blogspot.ca/ are one of my inspirations for writing this blog. I've been thinking about it for a while, but just told Karim yesterday that I needed his help to start a blog before the end of the day. Then the decision about what to call it and to ensure that the first blog post got written before midnight! Now to worry about what to write about every day and what pictures to upload. I have to tell you after Day 1, it's very exciting - you should have seen me last night when the blog went live!! We'll see what Day 2, 3, 4, 5 and the rest bring - especially after a long day's work and when I'm crazy busy planning for our Park People Summit and then what happens when we're in Cuba! But I am so looking forward to this challenge and this 50 day journey! Thank you for your kind words and being the inspiration!

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    2. When you are ready, I will show you how to turn this into a book so that you can read it and look at the pictures in your hand!

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  2. Thus is such a great idea to celebrate your wonderful milestone!Can't wait to read your blog everyday! Stay blessed!

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    1. Thanks Rashida! I read your Golden Jubilee diaries last night just before I wrote the first blog post and it was so lovely going through them. I'm so glad you have those memories from those almost two wonderful years (July 2007-Dec 2008)! You do realize you have to do Diamond Jubilee ones next year?

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    2. Inshallah! Diamond Jubilee next year! Let's see what happens!

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  3. Awesome idea! Cant wait to read this everyday and celebrate this milestone with you x

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    1. Thanks Shireen! Although we don't live in the same country, meeting you at family weddings is always such fun - let's see how many I can remember - ours - Toronto (2000), Ashif & Yasmin's - Toronto (2001), Karima & Yasien's - Toronto (2003), Your brother's - UK (2009), Faiza & Earvin's - Toronto (2014), Jamila and Nijhad - Marbella (2015). Did I get it right? Which ones did I miss?

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  4. Great way to embrace your 50... I will wait eagerly to read everyday.

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    1. Thanks Mussarat! You'll know a whole new side of me outside of Parks after this! By the way, thanks so much for writing that Valentine's Love Letter to Flemingdon Park, it was lovely!
      http://parkpeople.ca/archives/1874 - Flemingdon Love Letter
      http://parkpeople.ca/blog-archive - Valentine's Love Letters to Parks

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  5. I believe your writing will be such a great inspirations to others who be celebrating other milestones in their life!! You have the ability to communicate through your writing about your life experiences, your hopes and goals that will touch the hearts of others! I'm so blessed to call you my dear friend, all the best to you on this next journey!!!

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    1. Oh Raanu, I am so touched by what you've said. I've wanted to write for a long time and this just felt like a good idea at the right time. I've learned a lot about myself in the last two days that I wouldn't have known had I not done this, so I am looking forward to what the next 48 days bring! I too feel blessed to call you my friend!

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  6. What a wonderful idea Minaz - a great way to give respect to the life you've lived so far and the years yet to come...I love it and may steal it! �� Look forward to reading it and getting to know you more through your daily writing! Enjoy! Xxx

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    1. Thanks Anisha! I love the way you put that "giving respect to the life you've lived so far"! I never thought of it that way, but it does feel like that! It's only been two days but I'm really enjoying it and learning so much more about myself! Please steal away, I would recommend this to anyone! Thanks so much for the encouragement! xoxo (for Maya too!)

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  7. First of all, I cannot believe you're about to turn 50! And I'm sooo looking forward to this journey of yours and the blog. xxx

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    1. Me too Fatima! But as I write each day, it dawns on me that all this was a loooong time ago and I have a lot of memories that I had forgotten about or things I just didn't know... hopefully 50 years fits into 50 days!

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  8. What' a great idea Minaz!! Congrats on getting things started!! Looking forward to the next few days until your milestone birthday!!
    Nunu

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    1. Hey Nunu, so nice to hear from you and thank you! How are you and AJ settling down together in the Big Apple? I am so sorry Kahzmir and I missed the wedding. I heard it was just perfect! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness together! I hope we get to see you soon. xoxo

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