According to the Oxford English Dictionary middle age is between 45–65. “The period between early adulthood and old age, usually considered as the years from about 45 to 65.”
Personally, I believe Age should not be a motivating factor in how we live our life. Most of us are living longer and find that we are reaching middle age and thinking – what now? Change is on our minds and I don’t mean menopause!
Last year I conducted a survey among women about their midlife experiences and the most popular response was making changes in their life especially in the areas of health and well-being, achieving their dreams and finding the elusive happiness. You can read the full article here and I was pleasantly surprised that the answers were more positive than negative.
73% of us wanted to make changes in our lives.
To me, Midlife is the start of a wonderful journey – if we have the right attitude.
We can all use excuses for not making the most of this time of life – menopause (yes, I know it isn’t easy for some), empty nests, relationship breakdowns.
We can wallow in our problems, feel sorry for ourselves and become grumpy old women or we can take a positive attitude, take responsibility for our life and make the most of it.
In the article ,“My Midlife Crisis was a Blessing” by Katherine Chatfield and published in Body and Soul, four women tell their personal story about how they turned their mid-life crisis into a positive
Why Midlife Matters
During my mother’s generation you were considered obsolete at middle age. Women were past their prime and fell into the background feeling lost and unfulfilled. However, these days women of midlife (and others) are realising that we have so much to offer because of our life experience and that we do have a voice.
During midlife we are reaching our full potential. We are, more outspoken and won’t put up with being pushed aside and ignored. Our self-consciousness of youth is replaced by confidence because we know who we are and finally have the ability to accept ourselves, without feeling the need to compete.
Midlife matters because it isn’t the end as it used to be but rather the beginning of a new life! So many wonderful things have happened to me during this time. My only regret is that I had to wait until my late 50’s to really figure out who I was.
Why Midlife should be celebrated
Midlife is such an important phase of our life and one that should be celebrated. It is a time where children have moved onto adulthood and their own lives. It is a time of self-discovery and re-invention, because we now have more time to devote to ourselves. A time to try new things and extend ourselves.
Why Retirement is not the end if you have a plan
I took early retirement at 55 to spend time with my husband. However, I hadn’t planned on what I would do. We knew we wanted to travel but you can’t holiday all the time. It was a difficult transition for me to adjust to ‘being retired’ until I realised I had ‘RETIRED FROM WORK, NOT FROM LIFE’.
I started my Sizzling Towards Sixty blog and a new chapter started in my life. You can read more about that here http://www.sizzlingtowardssixty.com.au/my-blogging-journey-of-2015/Retiring from work doesn't mean retiring from lifeClick To Tweet
Over the coming weeks, I will be introducing you to other wonderful women who have found fulfillment and empowerment during midlife. They will be sharing their stories and also what midlife means to them – so watch this space!