Yoda turns 50!

Yoda turns the big Five Oh

My best friend forever turns 50 today.

What a milestone. He’s defied all the predictions and has achieved half a century on planet earth. Some may say – unkindly – that he has spent many of those years on another planet – but I, of course, would never say such a thing!

Grant is having a bit of an existential crisis over the big Five Oh. He doesn’t feel 50 years old. Or what we imagined “50 years old” would feel like when we we were kids.

But times have changed. 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30 and so on and so forth. Strangely, 10 is the new 20 – not sure what that’s all about.

Anyway, we’re all as old or as young as we feel we are. Society might look at you a certain way once you reach a birthday like 50 but it is all about how we define ourselves – not about feeling constrained by other people’s perceptions of who they think we should be.

In the photo above you see Grant at his Swedish class last night with a Swedish Princess Torta cake that James O’Brien had organised for him. The whole class made a fuss of Grant and sang Happy Birthday in Swedish to him.

It was a really lovely gesture of James to organise this and Grant was really touched by it.

Tonight we’re having drinks at our local and we’ll make a big fuss of Grant. Some of our other friends are interstate this week to see the evil A*** exhibition – but we’ll catch up with them to celebrate Grant’s milestone another time.

I don’t think it matters whether you are 30, 40 or 50 – as long as you’re surrounded with quality friends and you’ve got wonderful experiences and surprises happening in life, you’ve just gotta get on with it.

Keep on walking…as one Melodfestivalen entry said early this year.



  1. Come on! Am I the only one wishing Grant a Happy Birthday? Where is everyone else! Going back to the museum!


    I can’t believe you are HALF A CENTURY old GRANT?

    And that cake seems very familiar! Is it a Swedish CAKE?

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