If there was ever a time in your life to truly love yourself, 50 is it (read Louise Hay’s Mirror Work). And when I say love yourself, I mean that you should really a) know who you are, b) if you don’t know, go on a quest to find yourself (it could be a bumpy ride) and c) determine how you are going to navigate the next years of your life. Tired, fat and depressed or never feeling better – in fact, how about you look better than you have ever done!??
As L’Oreal say “you are worth it” and the good thing is that fifty is the new thirty! Women like Julia Roberts, Elle McPherson and Sandra Bullock give us fifty plus-year-olds really really good names.
It is true to say that during my 40’s I lost track of who I truly was and felt dejected and low (often when you are suffering from stress you resort to no longer loving yourself) but once I hit fifty things sort of changed. I actually thought to myself, mentally, I am determined to lick this “ageing” thingy that everyone is so scared of, buck the trend and start going back in age. In other words, I started to behave younger. I started going to nightclubs again. But hang on, I am no cougar type, tight-fitting dresses and heels, oh no, I am a jeans and sexy top girl and I love dance music. I find it uplifting and joyful so instead of sticking on my pyjamas, and resigning myself to the fate called ageing, I got out my gold sneakers, my trendy jeans and started hitting the dance floor. Not only is it great for fitness, but it keeps you young. There is nothing like hanging out with a group of twenty-year-olds who are inspired by the way you look and want to be like you when they are older. I find it inspirational. Also, all of my friends are 10-15 years younger than me. I love it, they keep me young and as one of my friends says to me “I never think of you as any older than me” – Yay!
Okay, so I know not everyone is going to start clubbing at 50 but what I am trying to say here is this. At 50 you must make sure you turn yourself (if you are not already there) into the best version of you. The fittest, the prettiest, the funniest, the happiest, the healthiest, the most joyful, inspirational and wonderful human being that you can be and, in turn, this will help you alleviate any anxiety associated with ageing that you may have.