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
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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.