I turn 50 in just under 2 months. But looking at the stats on the blog I have 50 followers, welcome to the 50th! Also just gone through 50,000 page views.
I read a couple of blog posts about loneliness today. Interesting isn't it that we live in a world where we can all stay connect much better than we ever used to - we were trying to explain to the kids how my wife and I kept in touch when we were courting... er we met each other! We did luckily have phones at home, we got one when I was about 16 I think - honestly up until then I'd have to use the pay phone over the road on the little green. But it is interesting that I think loneliness is on the increase despite all this. My daughter have 100s of "friends" on Facebook and Twitter - but truth is she doesn't know hardly any of them. On here many people read and comment and I have a blog roll I visit, people I find interesting or we have a common bound, sometimes music, often recovery.
So what am I grateful for - my family for a start and my wife. I'm never lonely as I have that basis for a start. I have a load of friends in AA, I may not spend a lot of time with them socially outside the rooms (some do) but truly they are great friends.
My wife has been organising a bit of a do for my impending 50th - in the end the venue moved from home to a pub she knows that has a function room. There is a sense of irony that a recovering alcoholic has his do in a pub, but many of those coming can drink safely and sanely - although I almost guarantee the noisiest most boisterous lot will be the AA members there! Anyway - the room has a capacity limit... near 50... It is all 50 at the moment.