Yes, I am officially one year older this week. That silly girl in the photograph - at Furano ski resort - is a mature woman aged 55 years old.
55. It doesn't seem real. In my heart I feel about 40-something. People in their 20s and 30s seem quite young to me. People in their 80s seem old.
However, after two days skiing my body certainly felt 55! I was exhausted and I forgot my ski pass in the hotel, and then I forgot our bag on the bus back to Sapporo - so my brain is aging quickly...
In English we say "Life begins at 50..."...so I am well into the best decade?