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10 Reasons I Love Being Over 50

  • I can easily let go of friendships that drain me.  I no longer feel the need to tolerate poor behavior or dishonesty, just to keep a friend.  I expect more from my female friendships than I did at 35.  I should have had these standards back then, but I didn’t…so there you go, part of being over 50!
  • I never worry what people think I look like in my bathing suit.  I simply don’t care 🙂   If I feel confident enough to put it on and step out, then I’m happy.  Other people’s opinion of my body or appearance is fading faster than my firm chin line.  I’m comfortable in my own skin…even though it seems to be stretching in interesting spots.   I’ve come to terms with my body, my age, my looks.
10 Reasons I Love Being Over 50
My crows feet are a sign of the joy I find in life!

I’ve given up tolerating uncomfortable shoes, just for the sake of fashion.  It’s not worth the pain and frankly, I’ve found plenty of good-looking comfort shoes that don’t look like a gnome should be wearing them.

  • I’m learning that I no longer need to always win.  It’s OK to come in second, third or tied for last.  That doesn’t mean I’ve given up, it simply means I’m comfortable with my own performance level and am able to surrender.  Of course I don’t run marathons…that might be different.
  •  I’m comfortable sharing my struggles and discussing my challenges.  I don’t always do it here,  because I respect other’s privacy… and they may not want their troubles on the net.
[tweetthis]I’m getting better at catching my inner-dialogue & changing her direction when she’s being overly critical of me. Just who does “she” think she is…talking about me like that? [/tweetthis]
  • I’m more confident of my opinion.  I have always been a total bit of a know-it-all, but now I have more conviction behind it.  It’s OK if I’m perceived as stuck in my ways…they work for me and life is too short to go along for the ride and follow the crowd.
  • I have more compassion than I did in my youth.  I’ve been there, made those mistakes (usually several times… just to be sure) and realize life is more enjoyable when people are kind.  If someone flips me the bird on the highway,  I smile and wave at them like a looney bird.  (I don’t know who has a pistol under their front seat… and don’t care to find out).
  • I trust and listen to my intuition more.  It’s proven, over the year’s, to be pretty accurate and I never toss wisdom.
  • Grandchildren…plain and simply the best!
10 Reasons I Love Being Over 50
This little man is pure joy!
What do you like about being over fifty?

 

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11 Comments

  1. All of the above except for grandchildren….we don’t have any. I would add that I am less competitive, more able to say…”Wow, I really suck at that.” And know that I’m good at other things. I am better able to let others have their moment, and be really glad for them, instead of beating myself up for not being good enough to achieve what others have. This happened a lot on my very un-confident twenties. I am happy to trade my waistline (wherever it went) and my chinline for all that.

    • Jennifer
      June 12, 2015 / 7:33 am

      Yes! I can say I suck at stuff too! Those un-confident 20’s were tough on me:))

  2. June 24, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    Oh yes – all of those for sure! And mine? Well all my life I would NEVER appear in public without, at least, mascara. Strawberry blonde hair makes white eyelashes by the way! Always felt I looked like a baby pig without the black lashes. I mean, it was a complete phobia. Wouldn’t even answer the door to the postman. But now? Yes I still like to wear it but it isn’t that much of a big deal anymore. Pigs are my favourite and they would look pretty weird with black lashes! I actually like myself without it now and in some ways I think too much black around the eyes just makes a woman look – well, cheap maybe? Anyone else had this issue with their blonde lashes?

    • Jennifer
      June 25, 2015 / 7:47 am

      Mascara!! I think they will pry it out of my cold, dead fingers!! Thanks for sharing Gilly!

  3. July 2, 2015 / 5:27 am

    The letting go of friends has been big for me. I used to cling on to every relationship and always try to “fix” it. Now I realize how toxic that became and filtered into other relationships so I am totally ok with saying goodbye because it opens up the opportunity to make new friends that fit into my life now as opposed to 20 or 30 years ago.

    • Jennifer
      July 2, 2015 / 7:06 am

      It’s so healthy to be free of toxic friendships. The joys and wisdoms of being older :)) Thanks for sharing Beth.

  4. Katie Clooney
    September 4, 2015 / 9:48 am

    Agree with all except the bathing suit. I am much better when I am on vacation and no one knows me. We don’t have grandchildren but I do look forward to it. Just came over from Heather’s. Love your blog.

  5. Faye
    September 5, 2015 / 4:12 am

    I love reading your blog. You’re a wise lady and have so much to offer. Just so you know…this 80 year old is still interested and trying to look my best.

  6. Karen H.
    September 5, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Ditto everything!! I love your blog and Heather’s too! Xx Karen

  7. paulina
    August 25, 2019 / 2:04 am

    Discovering your blog! I rarely return for more content but your voice didn’t just resonate with me it bellowed to me…in a good way! Thanks!

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