Health & Wellness

Why 50+ Doesn’t Need to be the New 40, 30 or 20!

September 18, 2015
Grab Life Feel Great & Live

Grab Life Feel Great & LiveI loved turning 50!  Age has never been an issue with me. Of course I’ve had other issues of self-doubt and never thinking I was good enough but when I turned 50 I started to change – and now 8 years later I finally like and maybe even love who I am!

There was a time in my mother’s and previous generations when turning 50 was considered past middle aged and ancient!  Not anymore thank goodness!!!

Today 50+s are better than ever.  50 is the new 40?  Well I say 50 can be the new 50 and we can embrace who we are because at 50 we have the wisdom learnt through life to accept ourselves and make the most of ourselves.

I recently read an article in Prevention magazine which introduced 4 women in their 50s and 60s who are going for their dreams.  All of them are vibrant and vital women who do not include ‘age’ in their vocabulary and who are happy with the person they are now.

[bctt tweet=”It is called Positive Ageing and I’m all for that!”]

We are comfortable in our own skin and we know what we want and now have the opportunities that our mother’s perhaps did not have.  Sitting on the fence, some say ‘Oh I’m happy just to be me and don’t want the pressure of looking for more’.  That is fine as long as you are happy.  For me, I like to think I have a lot of life left in me and with only one life I want to experience as much as I can.

Now the statement ‘comfortable in our own skin’ has taken me quite a while to get used to.

I have never thought my body was good enough but at 50 I started exercising and eating well to lead a HEALTHY lifestyle not to have a model’s body  And guess what?  I actually like the way I look now!

Being healthy shows inside and out and while I might have wrinkles, laughter lines and my skin might be a little saggy, I think I can still give the young ones a run for their money!  Sounds a little too confident doesn’t it but I am happy with how I look and I think that shows.

I will never be beautiful but I have finally realized that my husband, family and friends think I am and love me for who I am and they value me.  I now value and love who I am and that is just the most important realization – it’s only taken 58 years – perhaps I’m a very slow learner!

[bctt tweet=”Our Opportunities Open Up once we reach 50 – we just have to grab them”]

If we had children, they are grown and living their own lives.   We can still enjoy our family but we also have more ‘me time’ to nurture ourselves and do more of what we want to do.

We can now make career changes several times in our working life and work as long as we wish.  I realise sometimes it can be hard to change your career or job at 50 but if you want something badly enough you will give it a go.  Some of us even start our own business from a long-held dream.

We take challenges and risks based on our life experiences.  I started a blog and it has been so rewarding even though I thought no one would read it.  I took the risk and people did read it, identified with what I was saying and I have made some wonderful friendships through the blogosphere.

What is something you would really like to try?  It doesn’t have to be earth shattering but if it is important to you – go for it!

[bctt tweet=”Don’t worry what other people think – do something for YOU”]

I love the saying :

 

You must make a Choice to take a Chance (1)

 

[bctt tweet=”So Start Today! Grab Life, feel Great and LIVE”]

 

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

 

First published for #FridaysBlogBooster Link Up

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16 Comments

  • Reply Kathleen September 18, 2015 at 17:16

    Beautifully written Sue. We are fortunate to live at a time when more is known about our health and that changing our lifestyle can be beneficial for both physical and mental health. Society’s attitudes are changing and I am thankful for the role models that we see around us who are embracing a younger attitude to 50+
    Thanks for the quality of posts that you bring to Fridays Blog Booster Party.
    Kathleen

    • Reply sue September 20, 2015 at 13:40

      I agree Kathleen society is changing and I think it is because woman like us are helping others realise life doesn’t stop at 50, 60 or beyond. Thank you for always encouraging and providing the opportunity to link up! Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill September 18, 2015 at 20:25

    I agree with every.single.point Sue – turning 50 was a game changer for me – this decade is proving to be my best by a long shot. Now all I need to do is figure out how to enjoy exercising and I’ll be set for life!

    • Reply sue September 20, 2015 at 13:43

      Yes we are lucky aren’t we Leanne that we live now where 50 is celebrated and not a time to hide away. Just go for a walk and enjoy the surroundings is a great way to keep fit and also great for relaxation.

  • Reply Audrey September 22, 2015 at 08:49

    Love this post!

    Turning 30 was hard for me because my husband (boyfriend at the time) had major health issues and it was just a tough year all around.

    I celebrated my 40th birthday with my baby shower for my only child.

    My 50th is still three years away and I can’t wait! Sure, I look in the mirror some days and feel old and tired, especially now that I am no longer coloring my hair and transitioning to gray. But I have decided to embrace my hair color and my life and seize my happiness instead of waiting until the time is right.

    • Reply sue September 23, 2015 at 09:40

      Yay for you Audrey!!! You should have a fabulous 50th celebration and you have such a great attitude. Yay to us 50+ we rock!

  • Reply Jennifer Abel September 24, 2015 at 10:11

    Sue you could not have said it better. I am now 57 and I love being my age, I know my direction in life and am so enjoying being a nanna. The best part of our age is that this is our time! Very well written.

    • Reply sue September 24, 2015 at 15:57

      Yes I am finally enjoying being me although it took a long time Jen. You and I are at similar stages with grandchildren and age and yes this certainly is our time!

  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs September 24, 2015 at 10:58

    I love being in my 50s (though some of the physical changes I could do without). Other than that, I love the confidence that 50+ brings. I have nothing to prove to anyone but myself. And while I didn’t change my career (I did that in my 40s), it has continued to evolve with time.

    • Reply sue September 24, 2015 at 16:00

      I have never been confident Debbie but I am now. I am meeting so many women like us who are embracing their midlife it is wonderful. As another reader commented – this is our time!

  • Reply Horace Williams Jr September 25, 2015 at 03:53

    Well said Sue! I will be 50 next August if the Lord is wiling. I love the perspective you have . I also have started to be more conscious of what I eat and how it affects my body. I started exercising 3-4 days a/week and trying to walk on the other days. I am glad to hear that you have found that peace with yourself and your age. I wish you all the best in your journey. Thanks for the inspiration today and may God bless you and yours!

    • Reply sue September 25, 2015 at 11:23

      Good for you Horace! We need to look after ourselves and looks like you definitely are. I am in a good place thank you and I’m glad you felt inspired by my post. Take care and have a lovely day!

  • Reply Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama September 25, 2015 at 21:38

    Sue, thank you for this! “50 can be the new 50″….love it! What a great perspective. As a beyond-mid-40s mom, I spend a lot of time interacting with young moms via the mom blog universe, so it’s very refreshing to read a fresh perspective I can relate to! Thanks for sharing your wisdom…stopping by from #LFEO!

    • Reply sue September 27, 2015 at 14:36

      Oh my pleasure Elizabeth I’m glad you could relate. Its nice to connect with people in our own age group although I think these days we are fortunate that we can relate to any age. I just love being in my 50s and if I can make others realise it is something to look forward to rather than dread then my work is done. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Amanda September 27, 2015 at 03:23

    Great post Sue. I will be 30 in January and used to say I would freak at 30 but the older I get more I appreciate it. I would never want to go back. How about it….
    Thanks for linking with us this week.

    • Reply sue September 27, 2015 at 14:39

      Thanks Amanda! Yes I think each decade we appreciate where we are in life so embrace being in your 30s and look forward to your 40s and 50s with excitement and anticipation. Thanks for shopping by and also for the opportunity to link up.

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