Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
It is true that it is a privilege to grow older and I’ve no doubt that anyone still here and in good health is incredibly grateful but truth be told for 50+ woman it can come with some sucky stuff! Let’s be real, the slide into ‘the change of life’ can be tough, and tougher for some. Don’t despair though, there are some really good things about life after 50 too!
Wee bit of info: The average age an Australian woman reaches menopause is 52 but it can generally occur anywhere between the ages of 44 to 55 and a lower percentage of women reach menopause prior to the age of 40.
Here’s 20 truths about life after 50 as a woman:
- You are an unpredictable volcano of emotions. Lucky dip anyone?
- You can explode with fury over the most infuriating things … like um … well stuff … irritating stuff OK!
- You can be wide awake during the nights and sleepy through the days. Sounds slightly vampirish don’t you think? Might explain No. 2 above!
- Your midsection increases without any delicious banquets to cause it. It has a mind of its own – it’s freaky!
- You learn that if you so much as look at food you gain weight. Avert the eyes at all costs!
- None of the usual tricks to lose weight work anymore. Time to think outside the box or outside the more complex polygon more like it!
- You look in the mirror and you see your mother!
- Instead of wanting your period to come you want the bastard to piss off and never, ever come again!
- You become one of those people who gets aches and pains in hips, knees etc.
- You prefer your social activities be during the day rather than night.
- Shoes are chosen for comfort first, vanity second.
- Your memory and concentration are shot. Where was I again?
- You have internal thermostat issues. Is it hot in here?
- Even with glasses on, you need to ask a person with ‘young eyes’ to read the small print for you.
- No more school drop off or pick-ups. No more packing school lunches, remembering library days, swimming days or show and tell days and no more having to dress up the kids for book week. No more parent/teacher evenings or speech nights! [the exception being for those Mum’s who had kids later in life of course]
- You can have a holiday at any time of year. You are not locked in to school holidays!
- More time to yourself
- More freedom to do what you want to do
- You can make your relationship with yourself No. 1
- You are still alive!! Yay!!
Are you a woman over 50? Maybe you’re under 50 but there are things in this post that you can relate to? Are you sailing through change of life or are you one of those doing it tough? Are you on the other side of the change – tell us what it’s like over there! What would you add to this list?
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Kylie Purtell for #IBOT