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Dropping the "F" Bomb!

2019

Dropping the “F” Bomb!

No, I’m not referring to the four-letter word!

I’m referring to us women who are turning 50 or already past this well-known mile marker.

Fifty is the NEW “F” word so many of us women dread hearing or thinking about.

So often we women over 50 are told we’re finished, done, Kaput!

But what are we finished with? What are we done with? Life?

HA…

Do some of us experience a mid-life crisis? Sometimes.

Are we going through empty nest syndrome? Absolutely!

Is learning how to start over because of a divorce or being widowed rolling around in our minds? Sure.

And don’t get me started about menopause! UGH…

Successful aging is all about mindset, determining what we want as we gracefully make our way through the wisdom years of our life and not being afraid to simply go for it. Whatever “It” may be.

Since turning 50, I have been doing things I either haven’t done in years or never done before.

Recently while on a skiing trip with my family, I was on a downhill slope thinking, “How crazy is this?”, watching my 10 year old granddaughter, who’d only been skiing twice, handle it like she was a pro. But what really caught my attention was many of the other skiers were women in their 50’s even some well into their 80’s! Yes, their 80’s…

In fact, there was a senior ski club where we were staying.

It was inspiring to see these women enjoying their golden years in such a thrilling and exuberant manner. I was transfixed by these women, thinking to myself, how wonderful it is they didn’t listen to those who might say they’re too old for this, they might break a hip, and all the other negative talk we get about what we women should and shouldn’t be doing with our lives at this point.

I mean, who wrote the rule book on what age we women should experience certain aspects of life?

For me, I decided to tackle my 50’s, and beyond, by setting goals and challenges for myself regardless of how “young” I am. To accomplish whatever I could, in the next 20, 30, or even 40 years I may still have left to live, because that is what it’s about, LIVING!

So, I broke out my journal (I’ll talk about journaling at a later date), and I started a list of all the dreams, goals, challenges, places, etc., I want to achieve.

Here’s a few of mine:

 Stay an entire month in an Airbnb – in a place I’ve never been

 Own my own Airbnb

 Listen to a podcast

 Start my own podcast

 Read 50 books in one year

 Take Salsa Dancing lessons

 Wear bright pink nail polish on both my fingers and toes

 Be more spontaneous

 Go to the airport and just fly somewhere, anywhere, without planning

 Sell everything and travel the USA in a RV

When I take time to write in my journal all the exciting and marvelous idea’s I have on how to continue living my life to its fullest, it not only helps me with depressed thoughts, it allows me to see what I have to look forward too.

Slowing down, spending time alone and writing in my journal helps with the days when I feel like I’m finished, done, kaput. I can look back on what I’ve written to reignite me, to look at my calendar and say, “Okay, I am putting X item from my list on this day and I’m going to do it.”

Spending time with my grandchildren allows me to feel youthful and see the world through their eyes which can be very fun and insightful.

The key to truly making all our years count isn’t about what we have, it’s about how we spend what time we have left doing exactly what we were meant to do. It’s called LIVING!

Here’s to the next 50…Cheers!




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