I turn 50 years old on January 13, 2015


Hello Blog.  Just a personal entry for today.  This sort of thing only happens once, and it’s happening now in Japan (tomorrow in Hawaii), so I’ll enjoy 48 hours of birthday this year.

I turn fifty on January 13.  This is a personal milestone in many ways, because it’s most indicative that I’ve more than likely lived half my life already, and am doing better than average when it comes to aging and health:  no major issues, no constant aches or pains, get mistaken for a person 10-20 years younger on a regular basis.  I’ve even lost a lot of my grey hair (impressive, since I rarely cut it and have never colored it).

When I turned 45, I wrote an essay on what that meant to me back then.  I saw that I could look back and see what I’ve done, and look forward and see what’s ahead.  As I turn 50, I see myself looking forward more than back, assessing what’s left to be done before the inevitable physical limitations set in, and how to make the most of the time remaining before the clock runs out.  I’ve still got a lot to do.  And I’m eager to get to it.

Here’s my photo on my 50th.  I think I look (and feel) great.  I exercise daily, eat right, and keep my personal priorities straight and my stress levels low.  I remain curious about the world around me, and enjoy what my education and training avail me in terms of tools for understanding it.  The past fifty years have been, all told, good for me.  And I’m fortunate enough to be looking forward with anticipation to the next fifty.


Photo on 1-12-15 at 8.34 AM #3

To everyone, thanks for reading and commenting to Debito.org (itself approaching twenty years old, in 2016).

Dr. ARUDOU, Debito

13 comments on “I turn 50 years old on January 13, 2015

  • Mark in Yayoi says:

    Debito, you seriously don’t look a day over 40 in that photo! Congratulations!

    — And I bet I look younger than when we met about a decade ago.

  • Looking more towards the future than the past. Fuck yeah man! Looking great! More off posts about Hawaii and healthy living would be welcome too bro ^-^

  • Dude has all of his hair, none of it grey. Must be doing something right ) some of us at 35 were already looking allot older

  • I remember meeting you once in Sapporo about 13 years ago…You had a suit and short hair. How times change 🙂

  • Many happy returns, young whippersnapper. As I asked you last July, how long before you catch up to me…?

  • Baudrillard says:

    Congrats. I would say that venting and fighting the good fight, knowing you are morally right, and standing up for the little guy, can keep one looking young. That, and living in Hawaii, (the colony of Japanese tourists) and not Hokkaido…

  • When I reached my 30s I will never forget that one last time I was asked for ID when buying alcohol to see if I was over 18. Most pleasant experience ever. Nostalgia.

  • Happy Birthday Debito and congratulations on still looking good at 50! Good luck with your next 50 years!

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