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Aging is a gift, not a set of restrictions

While looking for what’s happening in the Women over 50 space online I came across articles telling me what I can and can’t do/have/wear. Can I tell you how tired I am of people telling women over 50 what NOT to ____________? (fill in the blank) Haven’t we earned the right to wear ripped jeans, ride a skateboard or own a white wicker chair if we want? According to many of the articles I read, among several other things, we should not do those.

PFFFFFTT!!!

I don’t want to ride a skateboard. I did try it in my 40’s and quickly realized that I was not destined to rival Elissa Steamer for the championship, but might be first in line to help an orthopedic surgeon buy a new Beamer! (Steamer, Beamer … did ya see what I did there?) I did, however, recently buy a white wicker chair for my bedroom. It’s where I was sitting when I read that I shouldn’t have bought it, and where I am now writing this post.

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I had just redone the colors, with a new set of bedding, a few pillows, and a couple of cans of spray paint, and realized I’d created a color scheme I’d been dreaming of for years. The only thing missing was a white, wicker chair. Within hours I’d found one on Facebook Marketplace, picked it up, and with the remaining can of spray paint it became the white wicker chair of my dreams … Voila! My dream room became a reality! It is bright, cheerful and makes me smile every time I walk in.

If skateboarding, princess ruffles, or ripped jeans make you happy, do it! To heck with what others say!

Aging is a gift, not a set of restrictions. We get to define what aging looks like … no one else! So, go outside and play or stay inside and read; wear all the makeup you want or none at all; color your hair or don’t; put boy band posters in your bedroom or go traditional; Embrace you!

Wellness is more than the food that you eat or the exercise you do. It’s about the whole of you. This health coach recommends surrounding yourself with joy & memories …

Love yourself!
NancyO

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6 thoughts on “Aging is a gift, not a set of restrictions

  1. I love this Nancy! Great blog! I’m not over 50 but I can still take your advice:)

    1. Awww … Thanks!

  2. Many times I’ve heard, that’s a young person’s jeans or jacket. Or, that color isn’t for you. I try to keep my mouth shut and bite my tongue!

    1. Yep! I’d probably say something like, “Why is that?” and put them on the spot for an answer, or look really hurt, like I’m about to cry … they’ll probably never say it again! 😉

  3. Nice color scheme for the bedroom. And the white wicker chair fits perfectly. My master BR is a beach theme. I used to live with someone who constantly put restrictions on me (for my age) but he could never keep up with me. I ignored all of it.

    1. It’s about living life! Love that you did you!

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