When you’re younger, you can eat what you like, drink what you like, still climb in to your 24-inch-waist trousers and zip them closed.
Then you reach that age of 50, 51, and the rest, and your muscles give up; they wave a little white flag and with no warning they surrender, and you’re suddenly invisible.
Besides many of the obvious physical changes, there’s also the mental and emotional changes which left me questioning what on earth I had been doing for the previous 40 years?!
Good grief! What had happened, in such a short period of time? More importantly, what was I going to have to deal with for the next 40-odd years?
A question that didn’t matter before.
I was looking for change. The right change.
But I couldn’t be sure what to change into …
My Mother’s to Blame!
In our mother’s era, women were old at 50 and they were happy to fade into obscurity and ‘grannydom’, because there was very little else on offer.
Today, if we choose, we can wear eyelash extensions and behave outrageously, which is just another form of disgracefully, but you may still hear Mother’s voice in the back of your head telling you to Age Gracefully! Although mine always maintained she was Aging Disgracefully …
They say that nothing is more beautiful than a woman with self-confidence.
Except, of course, a self-confident woman aging disgracefully … with an Attitude
In the name of Viaggi per Donne and travel for the solo woman of a certain age, I have just spent three days in Florence, Italy in unbelievable temperatures; the older I get, the less I am able to cope with super hot weather. Spent a lot of time drinking coca cola with salt to […]
This is something I wrote in 2012, about becoming me, at the request of someone else; it was published somewhere, although I can’t remember where! I find it interesting to read and I hope you do too. Becoming anything is important; becoming yourself, and not what you’re expected to be, is vital …
The other day, I sat down and counted the number of countries I have been to and was amazed at the outcome; 59! Having been born with the travel bug, I wasn’t really surprised. Except, for years I have been saying it was 57; how wrong can you be?! Not that it really matters in […]
I have always loved to write … and read! As a child, getting me to take my nose out of a book, or stop scribbling stories on pieces of paper, was a thankless task. My school reports may not have been particularly flattering about my behaviour (!), but there was always much praise for my […]
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About Penelope Whiteley
Author, Speaker and Aging Disgracefully with Attitude, Penelope Whiteley’s presentations, books, DVDs & CDs, help and guide women over 50 to reinvent themselves mentally, physically & emotionally; and to design their own personal style, find their own voice again, rediscover or find their passion & step out as strong confident women.