Entering the Season of the Crone
Getting older has its benefits and its drawbacks. There are things I love about it and other things, well, not so much. 😉 There seems to be a constant war between finally feeling comfortable in my skin and still feeling shocked when I look in the mirror. I don’t feel the age that’s reflected back to me. I still feel like a big kid much of the time, in so many ways.
But at the same time, I feel so much freer to be myself. Psychologically, I feel a greater degree of confident in my abilities and ways of being in the world. I trust my intuition more often and I know myself on much deeper levels. I’m starting to accept my limitations, on a physical as well as psychological level, and appreciate my strengths and talents more.
Understand that this doesn’t come easily to me. I’ve never been a very confident person. Living 55, almost 56, years contributes to part of my newfound self-love but it’s the relationships I’ve built and the true intimacy I share within them that are the real magic.
I have the support, on so many levels, of a wonderful man. I have a family who, kind of, accept me with all my quirks and oddities. 😉 I have deep friendships with phenomenal women and clients who enrich my life as much as I do theirs. I have my own amazing coach as well and a profound connection with all that is Nature, including my beautiful Akbash, Ally and my green-cheeked conure, Nunu.
It’s these connections that help me blossom into my fullness, that gift me the bravery to spread my wings and fly. So even though I’m an HSP and an introvert who needs a lot of quiet, me time, I still need connections to fill me up with life and love.
What’s a Mid-Lifer to Do?
The past couple of weeks I’ve been reaching out to other mid-life bloggers and entrepreneurs. I’m finding so many of us out here. I love it! This act has actually been helping me accept my mirror’s reflection better. All these incredible women strutting their stuff in the world and proudly boasting their wrinkles and sags without apology. It’s very empowering!
I see so many women these days working hard to fight and break the mold of beauty we’ve been boxed into for far too long. It’s a beautiful thing to see mature women being accepted and even admired in Hollywood, finally. I love seeing women of all shapes and sizes claiming their personal, unique beauty and pushing back against the status quo. And I love witnessing and being a part of mid-life women’s voices becoming strong and confident.
I do believe, as the Dalai Lama has apparently expressed, that women will save the world. Our rising feminine power can, once again, balance with the masculine and create a much more beautiful and sustainable world.
You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.
I think someone very wise wrote that at some point. 😉
So I am making the effort not to be critical of the reflection in the mirror, no matter how shocking she may be. 😉 Getting older, as it’s said, is a gift denied many. Who am I to complain. I feel endlessly blessed to be living on such a beautiful Earth.
I don’t have time for these petty concerns anyway! I need to get on with the business of saving the world! 😉
Will you join me?
I’d love to hear from you. How are you dealing with all the changes mid-life brings? Are you struggling or thriving or a bit of both, like me?
Let’s start a discussion and support each other through this potentially extraordinary phase of life.
Actually, I’d also like to start featuring articles about and links to other ‘phenomenal women‘ out there doing their part to save the world. (Contact me if you’d like to be featured)
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(If you liked this article, you might also like my Pinterest board As I Enter the Season of the Crone)