One Month From Today, I Could Drown or Be Eaten By A Shark


I have been documenting the swim to my 50’s since March of this year.  So far so good.  A couple of leg cramps here and there and some swallowed salty water along the way but generally speaking, my strokes have been smooth.  I have stayed afloat (sort of) and continue to breathe rhythmically.  Phew!

 Exactly one month from today, the big day will come.  HOLY #%*@!!!  It’s almost here!  The big 5-0.  The day I could…drown or get eaten by a shark.  It’s true. 

The day that the swimming comes to a halt.  On that day, I will either drown and get swallowed up by the immense dark terrifying ocean of the 50’s, or get swallowed up by an immense terrifying Great White of the 50’s.  

There will be no escaping my fate.  If it is to be a shark, it will begin to circle around me a few days before planning its attack.  It might nudge me once or twice.  It will get bolder and take a chunk of my foot.  Then it will circle some more.  It will come back for my leg.  All of it.  Soon it will alert his friends and they will finish me up tugging and jerking me around like a rag doll.  Swallowed up.  The whole half century of my life, Gone.  Now, officially 50.

Or, I could just drown.  Let the ocean swallow me up alive drifting my body and soul towards the next half century of my life.  

But you know what?  I am thinking that I may ask for a life boat.  Even a small raft.  I may tread water, doggy paddle like crazy and stay above water.  Maybe I will take a break from my swim for a bit and party my ass off.  Yea.  That sounds better.  Maybe I will cheer and celebrate like crazy.  This brickhousechick is no quitter, damn it!  She never gives up and she will continue the long distance swim through her 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80′ and beyond.

I will reflect on the past 50 years.  I will remember the tidal waves, tsunamis and shark infested waters I have lived through.  Also the calm beautiful clear waters I encountered, that made my journey a joy.

I think I will play my <a href=”http:/

“>favorite song throughout the whole month and dance like nobody is watching (cervical stenosis or not).

Won’t you join me?


36 thoughts on “One Month From Today, I Could Drown or Be Eaten By A Shark

  1. I love your attitude! So upbeat and positive. I have to admit, I’ve been struggling over here. I’m peri-menopausal and I never expected so many physical and emotional changes! And so quickly! Swim hard, girl, because you are swimming for all of us, Maria!


  2. The other day, my doctor told me “You’re aging well, my friend”. 50 is a time to reflect, no question. When I hit it in March, I was surprised what a non-event it was! Truth be told, I feel better at times now than I did when I was younger.

    Remember, 50 is the new 30. 😉 We’re still kids at heart.

    And that shark pic is scary. Because you and I are both old enough to have seen “Jaws” in the theater. 🙂


    1. Glad your doc gave you that great diagnosis, Joe! I know I will get over it, it’s the anticipation that is killing me and my failing body. No question my attitude will get me through this. We ARE still kids at heart! And, yes – Jaws is definitely on my mind as well as the movie, Open Waters where that couple gets stranded. Yikes! 🙂


  3. Been there…looking back now, 50 is the decade people tell you how great you look. I really do think it’s about attitude and not buying into the idea that you are somehow well on your way to “old age”. Ridiculous! We might not party as hard as we used to but that’s only because we are wiser, not weaker!


    1. So true! We certainly are wiser. To be honest, the actual age of 50 does not bother me as much as the sound of the word 50. Saying, I am 50, sounds yucky! 🙂 But, I know I will get over it and move on.


  4. My hubby hit the big 5-0 today. The sharks circled, but then his coworkers threw him a party and they retreated to a safe distance. I think your music will do the same next month! Keep on going, and dance no matter who is watching!


  5. Dude the countdown is on baby! And it’s so funny that I read your post today because Shark Week starts Sunday! I’m excited to hear about your journey and your thoughts on this birthday because I’m not quite 40 (as you know my birthday was last week) and I’m feeling the dread of the big 4-0. You might think I’m crazy but it’s a heavy for me, just like 30 was…I think it has to do with decades 🙂


    1. Love shark week! You, my dear – are a youngling. Not quite 40??? You got your whole life ahead of you! You are not crazy though, any big bday is upsetting. I wish we could party together and celebrate our milestones! 🙂


  6. I think you should dive deep…wear your snorkel and fins…and spear the damn shark! Then have your son skin it, slice it…and have your hubby grill up the steaks. Serve with red wine and NOW you have a party!


  7. What Pamela Beckford said! 50 is a number; age is an attitude. Your attitude is in the right place so the number means nada. (I was overwhelmed with work when my big 5-0 came along and never had time to even think about it!) Here’s to Brick House Chicks and ‘tude! 🙂


  8. Written as only a true brickhousechick could write! You’re awesome now and you will continue to be as each decade passes. Love this post, Maria! And a great song to start the weekend! 🙂


    1. I’m listening to it as I respond. I can never get sick of that song! I’m getting ready for the inevitable. My heart skips a beat when I think of it, but then settles down. I’m ready to get it over with. Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂


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