Are you woman Over 50? I recently wrote an article 5 ways to avoid the invisibility cloak in retirement because I was so surprised that there are many women who feel this way.
Well I’m happy to introduce you today to some fabulous women Over 50 who DON’T feel invisible but are taking life head on and enjoying this fabulous time of life.
I belong to a Facebook group called Forever Fierce: The Midlife Revolution which brings like minded women together, sharing and discussing who they are and where they fit into the world. It is also a great support network to recognise that women of Midlife and Beyond are important and the value that they contribute to our society
The Forever Fierce Campaign 2018, is a way to reach out and encourage women to have their voice heard. Bloggers will be showcasing women who don’t blog but are a great example of living life to the full. Each of us participating will write a blog with comments from women, and all publish on the same day during February.
Sue, 60, Brisbane, Australia
At first, I didn’t really like the term ‘fierce’. To me it sounds very agressive and can have a negative conotation. However, I did some research and found that ‘fierce’ can mean ‘showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity’. Words such as passionate and strong come to mind.
Being Fierce to me is not about aggression or trying to prove myself in this world. It is about being passionate about life and making the most of every day.
As we age it is easy to become invisible in this world. We need to realise that we do have a voice and we all have something positive to contribute to society. It means being a role model to younger women and men, as i wrote in a previous article ‘Be a Women of Influence – Be a Role Model’ and leading by example. Teaching them to be self-confident and to love themselves for the unique and beautiful person they are.
What does being ‘fierce’ actually mean to you in midlife & beyond?
Lydia, 54, La Canada, CA
“Being fierce in midlife is such an exciting concept for me! I feel like I have lived so much of my adult life from the perspective of wanting to be liked and needed. Once I hit 50, I started to think more about the fact that I was truly in the middle of my life. That most likely, I had more years behind than in front of me. I started thinking about what I wanted those years ahead of me to look and feel like.
I started caring less about what the world thought of me and more about how I thought about the world and what I could do to make a difference, leave a legacy. I realized that the first step was to make a difference in me. To value who I am and the experiences that brought me here.
Being fierce in midlife means putting a greater value in how I think and feel over how someone thinks of me. I am able to value relationships with people who I love and fiercely support them without sacrificing myself in the process.
Today at 54, I am unapologetic in my opinions and decisions. I am fierce in my passions, fierce in my love and loyalty. I am fierce in my wisdom and in taking chances and being vulnerable. I am fiercely me. ”
Elaine, 60 – Waterloo, Iowa, USA
“Being fierce in midlife to me has opened up a world full of fun, new experiences and lots of joy. Due to being acutely aware that life passes much more quickly than I ever dreamed I want each day, experience and person who crosses my path to be cherished and relished .
I love traveling, movies and deep conversations. I do one thing out of my comfort zone a month. I started doing “out of the box” activities to face midlife head on with a sense of adventure.
Swimming and hiking help keep me healthy and allows me to partake in a brownie or two on occasion. Although I don’t have a partner or children I have found a tribe who love and support me and share in my quest for life.”
Ann-Marie, 53 – Devonport, Tasmania
“Being fierce in midlife means accepting and loving who you are and how you look, having confidence and embracing life to the fullest; not allowing anything to hold you back.
For the past 18 years I have been living with chronic pain from degenerative disc disease, arthritis, knees needing reconstruction etc but I do not allow that daily pain to dominate my life. I live life to the fullest. Also managing to fulfil a lifelong desire to perform as a professional dancer from the age of 39 to 45. At the age of 44 with a pre-existing back injury I gave birth to my beautiful daughter who now dances with me.
After having my daughter my back deteriorated so I stopped dancing professionally but continued to dance as a teacher and public performer with my students.”
Leah, 52 – Portofino, Italy
“Being fierce is about not accepting limitations. They are imaginary boundaries created only by society or worse, ourselves. At 33, I moved to the Caribbean and took a waitress job after ditching a career in advertising. At 35, I moved onto a cruise ship and into a cabin smaller than most people’s linen closet.
At 42, I married a sailor and moved to Italy to live with his non-English speaking mother while he continued to sail. At 47, I went back to school and got my Italian driver’s license. At 51, I had my first Art Exhibit and I co-wrote and published a book and at 52, I am opening a bed and breakfast this year.
Being Fierce is about being present in your life. Take an active role in who you are, and what you stand for. Don’t wait for others to define you. Be YOU.”
Guerdah, 52 – Ontario – Canada
“Being fierce means realizing that I am an individualized expression of life, and love where the most important state of mind is to be at peace with myself, and others. Being Fierce means accepting myself as I am as while appreciating the person that I am with glows and grows.
As I take my time daily to feel the different composite parts of me, I know that I am unique in the way I feel my senses, in the way I process my thoughts, in the way I interact with others, in the way I experience life in general. I know now more than ever that I was created for a specific purpose, and the unfolding of that purpose is being manifested in every step, and in every decision.
Being Fierce means that I am free in who I am in each present moment.”
SUZY MONTY,66 ( Birthday in April), TRURO CORNWALL – ENGLAND UK
“Proving at 66 years young, that it doesn’t mean I am PAST IT to model! I modelled successfully in my 20’s and 30’s and even ran an award winning national model agency. Retired at 40 due to a bad dose of Glandular Fever. RE LAUNCHED as a mature model at 57. STILL modelling bikinis and lingerie, I also do fashion shoots and promotions. Internationally published. The media call me the UK’s OLDEST GLAMOUR MODEL and Agency represented by a model agency who realise one doesn’t have to look like a granny at my age. NO HRT or plastic surgery – that’s me. I don’t even dye my long dark hair. My husband supports me in my modelling. So all is good in my modelling world.”
It was such an inspiration to me learning about each of these fabulous ladies who certainly are not putting a number on their age but just getting out and living life.