Well, don’t be … Whilst out on a recent run (or should I say shuffle, at that speed) my friend and I huffed and puffed as we attempted to run and chat about life. Strangely enough, we discovered some similarities of recent events seemingly happening to women of a certain age.
That’s when I understood what I really said to her which was “I don’t feel old, in fact if anything, I feel the same as I’ve always felt, which is youthful, I KNOW I’m older but that’s about it!”
Yet, recent events in my own life proved that I had undeniably gone through a rough patch of midlife madness which could be easily attributed to menopause but I’m not convinced it was JUST menopause, clearly there was more!
With longer life expectancy, improving health, and people retiring much later, the bar for old age has shifted; That whole age-blurring “50 is now the new 30!”. My friend, who has a way with words, responded with “it’s like having a young mind trapped in a maturing body really” … I stopped in my tracks… that’s exactly how I felt. It occurred to me that I’m struggled with mentally preparing myself to adjust to my perception of how I associated being mid-life!
For me, the connotations of the word are old past its sell-by date, no longer in fashion and my visual representation was even worse, far outside of how I saw myself or the people I surround myself with. YET, in reality, that’s where I’m at. I am mid-life, at the tender age of 52 years old!
Personally, I’ve decided to get playful with the word and embrace it with a sense of humour in order to change my image of what I associate with being Mid-life, especially as there’s no turning back. It’s is a time for us women to take stock of our lives and, in some cases, embark on new ventures and encircle a new chapter.
Our body and life present inevitable changes such as physical, family-related and work-related changes which we cannot resist but the beauty of this stage is that you get to press RESET on so many aspects of yourself, in particular, your Mind and Your Body.
Although there is some chaos whilst you’re in the deep end, rest assured you will come through it, not everyone runs of and leaves their lifelong partner or runs off to Croatia to get a breast implant!
Consider that mid-life transitions can last on average anywhere between 2- 7 years my only suggestion is that you take the time to redefine yourself and how you want your life to look for the next chapter and try not to act in haste.
This is just the just beginning!
If you want to feel energised and excited about your future and would like to figure out what your next chapter looks like please contact me here and we can have a chat about this whole midlife stuff!
Here’s to looking good & feeling good, I for one, would love hearing from you.
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With love and blessings