Sometime around the fall of 2018, I was struck with the sudden realization that I was quickly approaching the last year of my 40’s.  Which meant that turning 50 was right around the corner.  For some reason, that scared the hell out of me.  50 has always signaled the beginning of old age.  Think about when you were a kid and your Dad or crazy Uncle turned 50!  Man, they were OLD!!!  Now that I’m staring down the barrel of that gun, I decided that instead of having a mid-life crisis, I would turn it into a bit of an adventure.  So I sat down and came up with a “50 before 50” list.  I wrote out 50 things I wanted to accomplish before I hit that milestone.  This is not a bucket list, per se, as I still have one of those.  This is more of a list of things that I want to do to celebrate my first 49 years and focus on what is right in front of me.  Besides, it’s much easier (and cheaper) than screaming up the block in a brand new Mustang.  There is no specific order and to keep it interesting, I’m going to publish the list as I go.  I hope you enjoy the journey with me!