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With 50 in the Rearview Mirror

Things to Do at Least Once, Maybe Twice, When You're Over 50

This is prime time — so use it well

  • Dance outside, at night in a country where a Romance language is spoken.
  • Skinny dip, outside, at night, in any place where romance is spoken.
  • Scuba-dive, if it scares you. Zip-line, if it scares you. Do ropes, if it scares you. Try to master something that won't kill you, but that scares you.
  • Photo albums cost about $9. Take those photos out of the drawer and put them in chronological order. Start with your wedding. You will feel cleansed, virtuous. You may feel thinner.
  • Have the courage to stick to what you believe to be true. Without losing your temper or your dignity, stand firm. It's not "unpleasantness." You've lived long enough to pick a side.
  • Take care of your feet. No one wants rough, moldy oldies. Attractive, springy feet change your mood, and your life. Wear the best shoes you can afford. Get pedicures — as a couple (yes, guys do!).
  • Honor sleep. It really does make you better looking.
  • Earn enough to retire, then don't.

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Jacquelyn Mitchard is the best-selling author of 21 books. Her latest novel, Second Chances, comes out in September 2011.

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