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My Thoughts on Turning 50

Jill Alexander

Designer, Jill Alexander turns 50 years old

Tomorrow, I turn the big 5-0.

I am more excited to celebrate this birthday than probably any other.

At 50, I have experienced the most incredible things. I’ve felt love so deep that I couldn’t breathe, and pain so excrutiating that I wanted to die. I’ve brought life into this world, and I’ve held the hand of someone slipping away. I’ve danced with my husband in the kitchen while making tacos and drinking boxed wine, and I’ve dined at the French Laundry with good friends. I’ve designed costumes for God knows how many children’s plays, and sat in the living room of Carnie Wilson while working on her Red Carpet gown. I’ve gotten to experience relationships so deep that those people become carved in your soul, and so shallow that they leave you wondering what happened. I’ve walked the runways in London and New York, and I’ve dressed senior citizens and cancer survivors to have their moment on the runway. I’ve had the opportunity to see people who live in the poorest conditions, be generous and joy-filled, and have had people who seemingly had everything confide how empty their lives feel. Every experience, mistake, success, interaction and relationship has become a part of me. I am wiser, I am stronger, I am smarter, I am happier than I have ever been before.

I know there are those that dread becoming older. They worry that the physical changes that are part of the process somehow make them less than. I say phooey. I may not be the weight I was in college, I have lines in places that once were smooth, and I have a little UADD, (underarm dingle dangle), but, I would not trade this time in my life for anything. At fifty, we have the wisdom, experience, and courage to squeeze every good drop out of this life.
My birthday wish for you is, as you approach each decade, I hope you find time to reflect on how far you’ve come, and how every experience has helped to create who you are today. 

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  • Kim Johnson on

    Ah Jill!! Everytime I see a new post or email from your boutique, it reminds me of how proud and excited I am for all of your accomplishments. You are really amazing! Life has wonderful things in store for you! I wish you an incredible 50th. Speaking from someone who is approaching 56, It just gets better! Except for the UADD thing :)!! Oh, and thanks for sending my husband home with presents for me! I think he sees you more than I see you!! Enjoy your day!! I’ll stop in soon to give you a hug!!

  • Chelsea on

    I love you! I am now approaching 30 with a whole new perspective. So excited to celebrate 50 with you! xo

  • Patty Gragg on

    Happy Happy Birthday my friend! Beautifully written… I’m with you! If we aren’t having another birthday, what is the alternative 😂. It’s great to appreciate each day of each year. Love you. Enjoy your day!!! 😘

  • Kristen Collishaw on

    UADD!! 😂😂😂😂
    You truly are amazing and a blessing to so many. Happy Happy Birthday and a thank you for your wise perspective.

  • Susan Christie on

    Thank you for your thoughtful, heartfelt post. I hope you day is filled with joy! Happy Birthday.

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