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I am a…wife, mom, scientist, professor, Yorkie lover, runner, writer (blogger)…. wait, yes, I am all those things and more, but that is not who I am. I am…over fifty and amazing! That is who I am. I love all the hats I wear any given day, but the reality of who I really am is a woman who is learning to be comfortable in her own skin. It took me a long time to realize that. A long time to be ok with the fact that my age and how others viewed me didn’t have to define me.
Once I realized that it was ok to be just as I am, the rest of my life seemed to get less stressful. Perhaps because I was unknowingly fighting against those ill-fitting one-dimensional definitions imposed by others. I’m not going to say life got easy, just less stressful when I let things go and accepted that I was good with me. I actually like who I am. I like being over fifty and amazing!
Ok, so what is it that makes me so amazing? Well, I am blessed to wake up each and every day. I don’t care if my hair is perfect. Sometimes I forget to put on eyeliner or any makeup at all. I steal my teenager’s jeans and wear them to work-her sneakers too. I talk to my dogs as if they understand everything they say. I work two jobs. I wear a bikini. Diet Coke is my caffeine. My house is never spotless. For every item I check off the to do list I add two more. I can laugh at myself and often do. I adore my family. I have girlfriends that keep it real. I forgot what I was writing three times already and why I walked into the room twice. I am 100% comfortable in my own skin. I can walk into a room and not care if I know anyone or anyone talks to me. My bullshit meter is rarely wrong. I passed Lizzo’s DNA test, I love red bottom shoes, “bless your heart” is a negative, my give a damn broke. I keep my promises. I tell the truth. There are more, you can probably add a few yourself, but you get the idea. Over fifty and amazing is the ability to just be you. I wish I had learned how to do that a long time ago. But I intend to make up for it now!