We're feeling far better at midlife than we ever imagined we would and also feel that we are hitting this developmental milestone later and later in life.
The good news about it taking us all a bit longer to grow up, is that feeling younger longer is the antidote to feeling hopeless
Life's possibilities during this time are endless if we embrace the truth of midlife and all it has to offer us.
As I entered young adulthood, and broke free of the parental role my mother and I shared, I distanced myself from Mom. I wanted to be different from her in just about every way conceivable.
So what's wrong with claiming our seasoned status? For me, absolutely nothing. I'm a seasoned woman, and I have no qualms with being viewed as such. Why? Well, I'm not a rookie at life. True, I'm no Yoda, but I've been at this gig for 52 years.
Not too many years ago I was a washed-up empty nester, a sad, depressed ex-soccer mom with no clue about what to do next. The bloom had fallen off my stem in a dull and squishy mess, and I watched from my lonely window as new school children of new moms kicked my old bloom into the gutter.
Many times, the special sauce is found in doing something really big together that also allows for space. What many mid-lifers
Early one morning I followed the blinking, grinding, lumbering school bus on its routine route to pick up students. Always the consummate people-watcher, I studied the colorful collection of gangly, boisterous pre-teens waiting at each stop. Then I saw her - the girl standing alone. She was me, fifty years ago.
I am often told how adventurous, crazy or "brave" I am, especially for a midlife mama. Well, that's flattering, but I have to tell you that it is really not the case. I do take calculated risks, and participate in activities that may seem risky, but I make sure all precautions are taken.
I am letting go of some of the things that used to give my life purpose. I recently realized that during this process, I have learned many valuable things about myself, simply by using Facebook.
After finding a hair on the rim of my ear, I had to regroup and remind myself why I love being 50. To do so I made a list of what mature women know that young women might not.
It's been a rocky 42 years, but I am pleased to report life seems to be turning itself around. It wasn't for a lack of trying, because I have always been a scrapper. Rather, it was for a lack of understanding.
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