Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Thoughts of an *older* woman

Hiya Darlins

I have no clue where these thoughts have come from so please bare with me as it may well end up as rambling. Actually I do, read this article by Jane at  one of the best things I have read in a long while.

When I started this blog in 2015 as many of you know I had retired from my business due to health, my youngest daughter had started blogging and we discussed the idea that I could not be the only older woman out there who was still interested in beauty and fashion, I had no clue what I was getting into, where it would end up or what I was doing even, it was just a fun thing to do, it still is.  My thoughts have led me to thinking this morning about how much age and ageing has become a "thing" since I started blogging, I had never given it a second thought really before, it's not something I worry about on a daily basis other than in terms of health, which is annoying as maybe if I had given more thought and care to it when I was younger I may not need to think about it now    ( lesson learnt ) 

Since blogging I have seen countless articles on celebrating age, and beauty for older women and it's fabulous but in all honesty I had never given age so much thought since I became a blogger.  In terms of ageism I guess I probably do encounter it as I have noticed a few brands have never contacted me to write for them, the ones that are deemed to be hip n trendy, that's OK it's not a problem, I do often get put into the anti ageing cream bracket, and that's OK  as well, as although I am not into trying to turn back time ( sang in my best Cher voice) 
I am though into looking the best I can for my 60 years, some days it works, others not talk about them. by and large I can honestly say I don't think I am treated any differently to any other blogger, occasionally yes, I do get random emails specifically age related, but they just float off to my trash bin.  This whole age thing is becoming too much lol in fact, it's making me feel old.  I am lucky enough to go to some beautiful events at some fabulous places, which without blogging and working back up in town I would have missed out on, at no stage has anyone ever made me feel old or not part of the event, I have friends in the blogging world as young as 19 who I value immensely, possibly I find it easy to relate as my children and grandchildren are aged 41, 28, 24, 22, & 15 my world is surrounded by youth and often I have to remind them that they are younger than me when someone comes up with a brilliant plan that we can *all* do !! 

I think my thoughts behind this post come back to the old saying  "you are as young as you feel" and for most of us our minds don't match our bodies, I know I creak more when getting out of bed than I used to, also just jumping on a tube nowadays means I need to know where I am going in advance ha ha,  no more winging it for me !  But seriously I do think we can get so caught up in ageing being a thing we can forget to enjoy every stage of our lives to an extent.   I appreciate that health plays a major part for most people when it comes to ageing but I would place money on the fact that your mind still thinks in the same way as it did when you were younger, fortunately for us regardless of how many laughter lines or crows feet we have, our insides never truly grow up.

I did warn you this could become a ramble, so if you have read this far I thank and admire you :)

Lyn 💋

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