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    Senior Member mhollifiel's Avatar
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    By 50 a woman should know how to:

    OK, I am sharing this list sent to me by my SIL. I guess I received it 15 years too late. I am using that as my excuse for so many failures. Must have been quilting when lots of these learning opportunities sailed on by. Oh, well. . . . .

    By 50, women should know how to:

    Say “no” without feeling guilty.
    Book their own travel.
    Say “I’m sorry” and mean it.
    Laugh at themselves.
    Change a tire.

    Take themselves out to dinner and/or a movie — on their own.
    Get around in a foreign country.
    Program and operate their TV (this is easier said than done!).
    Mix at least a few classic cocktails.
    Do their own taxes.
    Invest in the stock market.
    Make themselves and their own needs a priority.
    Sew — at least a little.
    Defend themselves against an attacker with at least one signature self-defense move.

    Perform CPR.
    Carve a turkey.
    Choose their own wine.
    Light a grill — and then cook on it.
    Swim.
    Order a credit report — and then be able to read it.
    Examine their own breasts.
    Graciously accept a compliment.
    Flip their own breaker.
    Plunge a toilet.
    Properly hang photos and artwork.
    Whip up a signature dish that’s not spaghetti or meatloaf.
    Walk away from a situation or relationship when it’s not working.
    Tell off at least one person who deserves it.

    Say what they really want in bed.
    Put together a piece of “some assembly required” furniture.
    Apply makeup without a mirror.
    Buy something crazy expensive just because they want it.
    Ask for a raise.
    Mow their own yard.
    Unclog a drain.
    Tell which direction they are facing.

    Tell at least one really good joke.
    Make small talk with just about anyone
    Know when to reveal personal information — and when not to.
    Think critically and independently when hearing speeches and listening to the news.
    Paint a room.
    Buy the right-sized bra.
    Beautifully wrap a present.
    Hail a taxi.
    Reach out to an old friend.
    Jump a car battery.
    Show love with actions and not just words.
    Put together a real retirement strategy.
    Look good in a photo.
    Open a bottle of champagne.
    Holli
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    Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, For I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

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    I agree. Now, how many have/can you done/do?

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    Does the fact that I don't know how to do quite a few of these mean I'm still young?

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    Check, check, check, check.... Only missed 4 --
    1. change a tire (weak hands have always made this a problem)
    2. hail a taxi (few taxis where I've lived)
    3. mow my own yard (have rented since I was 56)
    4. how to look good in a photo (I've never mastered this and wonder if most women feel this way)

    But if I had to miss any these were the most "worthless" to me in my opinion.

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    There is only a couple I can't do or rather haven't done. Guess I'm doing pretty good since I still like a couple of years before I reach 50.
    Sharyl

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    I've done pretty well! But have to admit there are a few I must have missed the boat! LOL

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    I'm turning 50 in August, so couldn't resist this thread.....Yep....done just about all 'cept still haven't mastered "looking good in a photo"...I do a great disappearing act when someone whips out a camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    I'm turning 50 in August, so couldn't resist this thread.....Yep....done just about all 'cept still haven't mastered "looking good in a photo"...I do a great disappearing act when someone whips out a camera.
    Ditto - I'm 56 and the last photo of me that I liked was when I was 20!!

    I can change a tire though -- even if the garage guys used an air wrench to put the lugnuts on!!

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    Lots of them I can't do and some I don't care to ever do. I'm 67 and still have my Husband of 51 years. He can do most of what I can't do. Like changing a tire.
    Another Phyllis
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    I've done and can do everything except:

    Get around in a foreign country.
    Program and operate their TV (this is easier said than done!).
    Do their own taxes.
    Invest in the stock market.
    Perform CPR.
    Choose their own wine.
    Light a grill — and then cook on it.
    Order a credit report — and then be able to read it.
    Flip their own breaker.
    Mow their own yard.
    Unclog a drain.
    Tell which direction they are facing.
    Beautifully wrap a present.
    Jump a car battery.
    Put together a real retirement strategy.

    Not too bad

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    I would like to add:

    By 50, a woman should know not to feel intimidated by lists of "shoulds", for it is a time of self-imposed definitions.

    . Great list, but as I turn 50 this year, I reflect on how much of my life I spent doing things others thought I should do rather than listening to my own quiet yet clear inner voice. To those of you have everything accomplished on this list, rock on. To those of you who may have read it and thought, "oh no!"...make your own list. It is so okay.

    Mary Ann

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    I fail at so many of these!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Check, check, check, check.... Only missed 4 --
    1. change a tire (weak hands have always made this a problem)
    2. hail a taxi (few taxis where I've lived)
    3. mow my own yard (have rented since I was 56)
    4. how to look good in a photo (I've never mastered this and wonder if most women feel this way)

    But if I had to miss any these were the most "worthless" to me in my opinion.

    Jan in VA
    You do not have to be strong to change a tire. The hardest part would be getting the tire out of the trunk, but with the little donut tires, most should be able to do it. If it is the removing and tightening the lug nuts, try and remember to put the tire iron on so it it on a horizontal. Then while holding onto the car, step on the tire tire, if necessary, jump on it several times, it SHOULD loosen the lug nuts. Hold tight in case it lets go suddenly. Do reverse to tighten. Unless you are miles and miles away from a service station or other help, it should get you there!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    Most important ones to me is to keep "the girls" in place and not swaying and what I want in bed "is a good night's sleep". I can do most of the others. As far as traveling to a foreign country, I haven't seen enough of my own yet. I have no problem saying no. If others ask me why not, I say "because I don't want to". Light a grill then cook on it(?) (not). I nuke, small Teflon skillet, or broiler/toaster for me. I don't cook like I used to because I choose not to. Have performed CPR and very emotional right into nightmares. Still rewarding. I have always been directionally inclined. used to mow my own yard but heart attack quelched that one. Can still do most things, just may choose not to. Gonna be 63 this summer. Everything depends on my mood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    Does the fact that I don't know how to do quite a few of these mean I'm still young?
    Thats my story and I sticking to it.

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    My dad and my husband were in the Army. I can do anything....lol

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    On the whole been there done that. But boy there were a few that knowing myself really gave me a good chuckle-I could never get around on my own in a foreign land - I get lost in my own neighborhood. Programming the TV easy -its the computer that's not so easy. I still blush if some one compliments me. The last picture of me that was good was when I was 9months old. I've traveled all over America on my own-co-pilot was usually asleep-I can read a map but thats the only way I can figure out N-S-E-W =seriously tell me left or right. As to lighting and cooking on a grill -Well this is the only thing where any one can call me a sexist snob '''GRILL WORK IS A MANS JOB'''-

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    Jan, you look fine in your photos, anyone seeing a woman trying to change a tire, will usually stop to help, mowing the lawn is not a major problem and most of us drive and don't need a taxi. so there. you are doing great

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhollifiel View Post
    OK, I am sharing this list sent to me by my SIL. I guess I received it 15 years too late. I am using that as my excuse for so many failures. Must have been quilting when lots of these learning opportunities sailed on by. Oh, well. . . . .

    By 50, women should know how to:

    Say “no” without feeling guilty.
    Book their own travel.
    Say “I’m sorry” and mean it.
    Laugh at themselves.
    Change a tire.

    Take themselves out to dinner and/or a movie — on their own.
    Get around in a foreign country.
    Program and operate their TV (this is easier said than done!).
    Mix at least a few classic cocktails.
    Do their own taxes.
    Invest in the stock market.
    Make themselves and their own needs a priority.
    Sew — at least a little.
    Defend themselves against an attacker with at least one signature self-defense move.

    Perform CPR.
    Carve a turkey.
    Choose their own wine.
    Light a grill — and then cook on it.
    Swim.
    Order a credit report — and then be able to read it.
    Examine their own breasts.
    Graciously accept a compliment.
    Flip their own breaker.
    Plunge a toilet.
    Properly hang photos and artwork.
    Whip up a signature dish that’s not spaghetti or meatloaf.
    Walk away from a situation or relationship when it’s not working.
    Tell off at least one person who deserves it.

    Say what they really want in bed.
    Put together a piece of “some assembly required” furniture.
    Apply makeup without a mirror.
    Buy something crazy expensive just because they want it.
    Ask for a raise.
    Mow their own yard.
    Unclog a drain.
    Tell which direction they are facing.

    Tell at least one really good joke.
    Make small talk with just about anyone
    Know when to reveal personal information — and when not to.
    Think critically and independently when hearing speeches and listening to the news.
    Paint a room.
    Buy the right-sized bra.
    Beautifully wrap a present.
    Hail a taxi.
    Reach out to an old friend.
    Jump a car battery.
    Show love with actions and not just words.
    Put together a real retirement strategy.
    Look good in a photo.
    Open a bottle of champagne.
    what if we CAN do these things but just don't want to???

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    have to admit to missing a few things but they never have come up. But traveling to and around other counties done that since I was 16 and had a 7 year old to take there with me to see to. being a Miltary wife I had to take care of eveything since DH was gone at least 6 months out of the year.I guess if the other stuff comes along I'll just have to figure it out like i always have. That is quite a list.

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    I am age 78 and not many of the items listed are on my 'bucket list'.

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    It is funny because I can't do and have no interest in half of those things. I think the list should be titled what you should do by 50 if you wanted to...

    i don't drink because it is unhealthy for me personally. It makes me gain weight and makes it impossible for me to sleep well
    i don't wear make-up because I don't look any better with it, it takes time to apply and it costs money.
    I don't change tires, jump a battery or do taxes because it is easier and safer to hire someone else to do those things.

    Interesting list though...

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    At 10 years past this age limit, I can honestly say there's only one thing I don't do on my own - MY TAXES!! Guess I've evolved!

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    ladies I have mastered looking good in a photo. I just turn my back to the camra. I have very nice curly hair.

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    Well I'm sure most of us can do some of these things. It's a servile of the fittest list..
    Freedom is costly and quilting keeps us busy...

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