Going back to age, let's talk about that for just a moment. Sometimes I wake up and feel like I'm getting old and other times I feel as if I'm aging gracefully. I look in the mirror and don't have a ton of wrinkles or gray hair and think "hey, maybe I'm not doing so bad after all", it's the low energy that reminds me about my age. I can't shop all day like I use to. I can't go to the gym and work out like I use to. I can't play for hours with my grandson like I want to. Those road trips with my husband take a toll and sometimes put me in bed for a day or two to recover. Having been a Type A personality and doing it all myself, moving the furniture around the house on a whim, opening a jar of salsa, anything that requires strength or energy, it's all gone. I had to grieve that loss and take on a new realization that this is just the new me now. This is a new chapter of my life, it's all part of aging gracefully. So I pushed aside that bowl of Wheaties, dried up those tears and put on my big girl panties. This is me! I have a wonderful life and it doesn't matter that I'm changing, I'm still me. When I came to this realization and accepted it, something pretty fantastic happened. Not only did I wake up each morning in a better mood, but I'm now going to be a part of a "Women of Age" photo shoot with a local photography studio that works with local models and actors. They are going to put us in magazines and possibly a book. Not that long ago when I was working, I was in a couple of HGTV shows, "My house is worth what" and "House Hunters". It was a lot of fun and a lot of work.
I say this to encourage you to open up your heart and your mind to the beauty of aging. Don't be sad over the loss of your youth, this chapter of your life is a reward. It's a reward for all that you have done as a wife, mother, daughter and grandmother. This isn't the end of things for you, this is time for you to enjoy life! You have always had kids at home, now they are grown, take time for you and hubby, go and do things together, enjoy each others company. Find a new hobby, don't sit around, get out there, do things. Get a pet. Did you know that pets release chemicals that keep you young? I read that somewhere. Take a walk, get outside, breathe some fresh air. Start eating better, eat healthier, this will go a long way towards how you feel. Go get a new hairstyle, you know we love a new look to freshen up our face. Stop by the makeup counter at the mall and find a new moisturizer or fragrance, that always brightens my mood. Ladies, we are our own worst enemy, it's time to stop and be our new best friend. Turning 50 isn't the end of the world, it's the beginning of a new adventure. Have fun with it and explore!