Somekindof50 is 2 years old today! I can hardly believe it has been 2 years since I started this blog ….and what an amazing journey it has been. I would like to really, really thank you if you are reading this, or have read any of the 146 posts I have written and uploaded since 31 July 2018.
This blog is about positivity and feeling good, about confidence and inspiration. I like to think it will be of interest to women over 50, but not exclusively, as a lot of the subjects covered here are pertinent for any age and gender. I write about mental health, and I am passionate about confidence and self esteem, but I also write about whatever is on my mind, be that places I have been, or experiences I have had.
Two years ago, I had just had my 52nd birthday and I was looking for something new to do. I was keen on writing and I wanted women who were a similar age to me to feel confident about heading into their fifties. I wanted them to think that this was a time of life to look forward to, embrace thoroughly and wholeheartedly and to enjoy with utter abandon.
If you are familiar with this blog, you will know the story about a woman I worked with about 7 or 8 years ago. A woman who had turned 50 and felt old. She was not a happy person in her life, relationships or job and it seemed that she had given up. I desperately wanted her to believe that she had so many exciting opportunities still ahead. I started writing for her, (knowing she would probably never read anything I wrote), but also knowing that a lot of women hitting 50 can find that landmark birthday distressing and dis-empowering. Have a look at these posts if any of that rings a bell for you.
I want women over 50 to know that its OK to wear a bikini, to strut their stuff, to wear their hair long, or short, to dye it, or not dye it, to wear leather trousers and ripped jeans. I wanted them to feel that women over 50 are not invisible, and can be as stylish as their sisters in their 30’s and 40’s. That it is not too late to start a new career, go back to University or change the direction of their lives completely. I want them to approach their boss knowing that they deserve that promotion and pay rise. I want them to be proud of themselves and what they have achieved and not have to apologise to anyone for being themselves.
At 54, I am not prepared to be put in a box or compartmentalised into what people think I should be saying, wearing or doing. Just let them try! Sure, I have some critics, but frankly, I couldn’t give two hoots. As far as I am concerned, their comments say a lot more about them, than they ever do about me.
As an ex counsellor and someone who has suffered with anxiety and depression, I write a lot about mental health issues. There are posts on this blog about worry and anxiety, about people pleasing and dealing with anger and loss. It absolutely makes my day when someone comments on one of my posts saying that it has touched a chord with them. There are literally dozens of these posts on this blog. Please use the search button or archive to access subjects that interest you.
I have also done my best since we first learned about Coronavirus, to write posts that are positive and hopeful when things have been difficult and frightening all over the world. I have been been criticised for this in some quarters by people saying I should not be writing about positivity when people are dying all across the globe. But I disagree. If we don’t have positivity and hope for the future, then what do we have?
I have worked out since I was in my 20’s and credit exercise with fending off feelings of depression and anxiety and I like to promote its incredible benefits. There are plenty of posts about the joys of exercising – though I don’t believe in diets. I recently also took up yoga and became a vegetarian.
Its not all serious though. I hope I have a good sense of humour and some of the posts that I have written have been a look at the lighter side of life. I hope these will make you smile.
I believe we are always learning, always growing and I want to be a better person. I want to remember to be continually grateful for all that I have, to practice kindness every day and to make a difference where I can. Some of the posts are in essay form, but I also like the “50” posts which are quick to read and hopefully offer an even quicker boost!
I hope that I can continue somekindof50 and to come up with posts that are interesting and helpful. Thank you for all your support and here is to another year! I will sign off with my favourite ever post – Thanks for reading❤️
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