The Ambivalence of Turning 50, By Laurence Ani

…as Garth Brooks…crooned in 1989, I can confidently say that I’m “much too young to feel this damn old”. Nonetheless, I didn’t forget to remind my bemused photographer after my photoshoot…to not airbrush my wrinkles. “But why not?” he asked. I replied with an Anna Magnani-esque chutzpah: “It took me so long to earn them.”

Living in a country where life expectancy is 54 years, it may seem in bad taste to nurse even a whiff of ambivalence in one’s contemplation of their fiftieth birthday. But little else can truly be as ambivalent as…


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