Everywhere you look social media, lifestyle blogs and magazines are saying 50 is the new 40. I too have repeated that same sentiment, and may have even included the quote 50 is the new 40 on an inspiration board. Perhaps, it was because I spent my forties healing and rehabbing from my accident - and was hoping to "recoup" that lost decade, in my fifties. But we all know that you can not get back time, once it's passed. And I have to be honest - now being 50ish I no longer believe 50 is the new 40. 50 is the NEW 50!! and I'm embracing 50 and creating the next chapter with more zest for life than I ever imagined possible.
This article was inspired by a chat I had with 62 year old women at a Winners. She was trying to decide whether to treat herself to a pair of leopard print ankle boots, to celebrate her birthday. She was worried her son and family would think she was crazy. The ankle boots looked great with what she was wearing. As we chatted another woman chimed in, and as the three of us chatted in the middle of the shoe area, like we had known each other forever, it dawned us, in our 20s, 30s, 40s, the only criteria would have been: do we love them? do they fit? - SOLD! definitely not, "what others would think". She bought the boots! and if our size had been available the other gal and I would have bought them too!
Whether it's actually true or hype there is no denying as we inch towards the end of January that the bounce in our step and cheerful mood from all the sparkly luster of Christmas and the holiday season has been replaced with dragging ourselves out of bed to carry on with life's day-to-day activities. Mix in the credit card bills popping up on your screen and/ in mail box, having to bundle up, clothes feeling a little tighter from all the holiday indulgence, lack of vitamin D (sunshine), and it's no wonder we are all feeling a little blue. And while we can't control the weather, there are a few things we can do to lift our spirits and mood, while we (not so) patiently wait the arrival of spring.