Turning fifty is a massive milestone. Half a century – it can feel almost unreal. So many benefits come with joining the over-fifties club: from greater wisdom to more freedom.
It was late 1996 and my marriage and family life I dreamt of was ending. My wife of 8 years and mother of our 5 small children was gone. The emotional strain of it all caused me to let myself go and I weighed on the wrong side of 300lbs. I felt undesirable, and I feared I may be alone forever.