Katherine was hoping for 50 bloggers but to her surprise, 89 bloggers are participating. I have no idea how in the world she is managing everyone or even has the patience to consider it. But my goodness! It’s been so fun and inspiring to learn the great things women 50+ are putting out into the world.
Be sure to read to the end of my post and then visit and support all of the bloggers in the series for this week. The series runs every Tuesday for 10 weeks, featuring a handful of blogger each week.
For this blog series I’ve been asked to share my feelings about blogging in the “second half of life”. In putting a good amount of thought into this, I’ve realized that actually I feel more free to blog at this stage of the game.
I turned 50 on April 4, 2016 so I am new to the “half-century club”. My husband threw a great party but there were no magical a-ha’s or a ticker-tape parade in my honor. But I do feel that being 50 marks a milestone of inner contentment. I’m more at ease sharing who I am in my writing and my work. I’m more at ease sharing my life’s experiences (the highs and the lows) without fear of what others will think.
My blogging now is mostly around my coaching practice where I help my clients work with their inner-mean-girl (or -guy) voices to find a place of self-love and acceptance. I’m calling myself a “second-chance enthusiast and positive change facilitator”, something I feel we are all in need of. Navigating life transitions such as mid-life can be hard enough and my passion has been spurred by my own transformation during my 40’s.
In all honesty, I do struggle with the descriptions of this age: “mid-life”, “over the hill”, “second half”, “empty-nester”. Let’s face it, they are pretty depressing! They bring to mind a vision of wearing my bi-focals, granny panties, elastic waist pants and knee-highs with my sandals. Or maybe that is just me? 😉 Yes, I do need those bifocals (that we can lovingly call progressive lenses) but instead of pastels, I’m still wanting bright neon!
This is part of what fuels me, to spur big change with my work: a revolution of redefining what this time in our lives means and creating a wave of change in the way the world looks at aging.
Most importantly, I want to create a wave of change in how WE look at our own aging. I, for one am tired of hearing that “age is just a number” and that I shouldn’t worry about it. For one, I’m not worried about it but I do feel that it’s time to stop waiting for things to happen. Our age may be the number of years we’ve lived but that doesn’t mean we should be done living and be satisfied with the status quo and get off our asses.
This is the perfect time in life to turn those “somedays” into “today”.
Two weeks ago I was surprised by a text message from my youngest son. He is 20 years old and attending Texas Tech University. His message read:
“Mom, your blog is REALLY good! It reminds me of when I’m home and we stay up late talking about life…”
That moment, my heart filled with both love and pure terror! Knowing your kids are reading your words, your thoughts…yikes! I need to watch those f-bombs that sometimes appear! This is a new place to be in many ways but knowing that I have the support of those who matter the most is the best we can hope for, at any age.
Click the links below (I know they look weird but even this techy couldn’t figure it out) and visit the other bloggers in this week’s Between the Lines Feature!