Just when you start getting in the flow and think you’ve got this ‘life’ stuff figured out, things start becoming a shit show.
You fall apart physically
- Your eyelashes disappear / get thinner, aging you by at least ten years
- Grey hairs come in in droves
- Menopause looms
- You creak and crack whenever you move (or pull a muscle putting on a sock)
- Two words: muffin top
- Wrinkles…deep lines…puffy eyes. All the stuff that makes you scared to look in the mirror every morning.
Then there’s life circumstances:
- Aging parents. Family members start dying /getting dementia/ cancer etc.
- Empty nest syndrome
- Having babies is a young woman’s game. For older women it’s exhausting— plus you have to deal with all the rest of the bullet points.
- Harder to change careers or get a new job
No wonder the midlife crisis is a thing. BUT! There’s hope. Some of the good points are truly priceless, so they balance out the bad.
- Hard-earned knowledge. For what you lose in beauty/youth, you make up for in wisdom. (Seriously! Would you *really* want to be 22 again?)
- Mo’ money
- You’re more confident / secure in who you truly are
- It’s much easier to not care about what others think of you (true freedom!)
- Day drinking is cool
- You’re usually higher up in your career / have lots of expertise
- The chance to be a hot cougar!
- Empty nesters can travel more and not have to sleep in a hostel or one-star hotel
- Wisdom. Ok it’s the same as knowledge but it’s essential. Imagine making the same mistakes you did in your teens or 20s!
- You get really clear on your life’s priorities and what’s most important to you. Times a’ wasting, people. You ain’t getting any younger; the time to do reach your goals is now!
What would you add to these lists?
Do you agree that the good outweighs or at least balances out the bad?