It took me an awfully long time to become a strong and confident woman. For years I was a quiet, submissive shy church mouse until one day, I wasn’t anymore. This didn’t happen until I was well into my 50’s.
There’s something magical and liberating about being a 50-something-year-old woman, and if you are part of the women over 50 tribe, you know exactly what I’m talking about. At this stage of the game, we don’t gaf about a lot of things. Here are 10 of them. Can you relate?
1 How Long Our Hair Is
You’ve probably heard it a thousand times from your hairstylist. Long hair on a woman over 50 is a no-no. I subscribed to that idea (or myth) for a long time until I didn’t. I wear my hair long and hope it grows down to my butt.
Long hair, don’t care. Girl, you wear your hair as long as you want! I’m not parting with my hair (pardon the pun).
2 The Clothes We’re Supposed to Wear
Yup. Apparently, when you’re a woman over 50, you have to dress like Mary friggin’ Poppins. Hard pass. While I don’t wear high heels anymore or mini skirts, it doesn’t stop me from being ballsy and bold in my fashion style either. Don’t listen to what ‘they’ tell you you should be wearing.
Wear whatever brings you joy and makes you feel amazing, babe!
3 Our Use of Colorful Language
Now, this really holds true for any woman because ‘they say’ it’s not ladylike to swear, and they will make sure to tell us that we shouldn’t swear because it makes us look like trash. Apparently, when we use the eff word, it also means we’re uneducated and ignorant. Who knew? I must have missed that memo, or maybe I just don’t gaf.
4 If You Like Us Or Not
Your approval or acceptance of me is not required. If you like me, that’s cool, if you don’t, well, that’s cool too. It doesn’t really matter to me. I live my life on my terms to please me, not you.
5 The Neighbour’s Personal Life
Please stop gossiping. I don’t care what your neighbors did or do or went or whatever! It’s none of my business, nor is it any of yours. I don’t care if John had an affair with Margaret. i.don’t.gaf. And neither should you!
6 How Much Money You Make
Or how much money your husband makes. Or your son/daughter who just graduated with honors and nailed a great job at a law firm. I mean, we’re happy for you. Honestly, we are, but stop bragging about it. We get it. You’re rich.
7 How Much Your House Is Worth
While we’re talking about money and net worth, I don’t care about any of that. How big your house is, how much it’s worth, how much your new bag is worth. Please just stop. And stop being so materialistic. I have a newsflash for you: things and money don’t buy happiness.
8 Your Opinion of Us
Honestly. I don’t gaf what you think about me. I don’t live my life for you, I live it for me. And your opinion of me is none of my business. If you hate me, hate me alone. Don’t be trying to convince others to hate me with you.
9 Getting Older
We have wrinkles and grey hair. Maybe our “girls” aren’t as perky as they used to be. Maybe we don’t have the figure we did when we were in our 20s or 30s. We are doing our best to age gracefully, and that’s all that matters to us.
Aging is a privilege denied to many.
10 If We Hurt Your Feelings
Not in a deliberate mean way, but I’m always going to be honest with you, and if that hurts your feelings, that’s not my cross to bear. Those are your feelings and emotions, not mine. I am not responsible if things personally offend you. There is a deeper inner wound that you need to heal.
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