I believe every woman over 50 has the ability to kick some serious butt in business, in life by sharing their wisdom to a greater audience.
You have life experience, education, years of street smarts, traumas, celebrations and heartaches that have taught you lessons that our younger sisters have not yet learned.
Whether you’re not quite at your midlife mark yet, walked past it or even looking toward your twilight years, I believe 50 today is more of a ‘prime’ stage of life than it was for our previous generations. In our parents era, it might have been 40 when a woman hit her prime and oddly enough 50 and beyond was considered aged.
Women facing their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond are powerfully minded, have reached a point of change in their life, are usually ambitious and have a stronger sense of fun and youthfulness than past generations. They have a desire to live their lives just as they want. They’re travelling, owning businesses, writing books, buying real estate, walking catwalks, starting new careers and making changes in their own world and the world in general.
The thing we’re absolutely aware of is – there’s still many years laying ahead of us to achieve goals, grow, achieve and be more of service to our community.
We have the potential to be greater than we could imagine. But for many of us, along with that monstrous potential comes a level of physicality that can hinder our path to greatness. When the physical state of our body prevents us from taking that big trip, walking the Camino or the great wall, playing with grandkids, dancing until the wee hours or going on a weekend hike with the family, then it’s serious and we need to consider what’s going on with us.
Do we accept these hindrances as mere signs of ageing? Do we say to ourselves ‘I’m 50 or 60, I don’t have the stamina any more and it’s just too hard. I’m not 30 any more’! Of course our bodies at 30 had a much greater capacity to heal and keep going, but our cellular reproduction and reconstruction process starts to respond to the environment and the nutrition we feed it.
So how can you be in control of your ageing process?
I had a conversation with 2 very different 85 year olds last week. One could barely walk from the car to the door of the church we were heading to and the other was getting ready to take a holiday that would also involve walking, touring, sightseeing and camping. The one who was puffed out walking from car to door has lived a relatively healthy life with normal stresses but refuses to walk and exercise and has an ‘attitude’ that at this age, this is to be expected. The other 85 year old has lived through serious stresses and illness but had more of a robust attitude to her ageing process. She was beautiful inside and out and her attitude and gusto for life was something I want. It’s all in what we feed ourselves emotionally, physically and what beliefs we hold regarding the ageing process.
I sent off a question to about 30 of my 40 to 50+ friends about the ageing question. I asked them to tell me honestly how they felt about ageing, what they believe, what questions do they have and what are they looking forward to. The answers were insightful, thoughtful and I could tell had been contemplated deeply before answering. Without sharing any confidences, I can tell you the main thread was the underlying fear of failing health.
‘Will I be able to live independently, will I be financially able to support myself, move with ease, have my faculties, be alone, have my family around me, be a burden to others, have my spouse with me or will I be living with disease’
were main threads through all the answers I received. It opened a very serious dialogue and it’s something we need to address as we are a rapidly ageing population. But I do believe we have the opportunity, with what we know now, to avoid the medical system and the aged care system as we know it today.
When you think about it, science has proven that we rebuild and replace ourselves regularly. Our skin is totally regenerated every month. Our blood supply is rebuilt and replaced every 3 months and every 10 years in an adult, our skeleton is completely rebuilt and remodelled.
So let me ask you to take a step back to 10 years ago? How old were you and what state was your body in? We know we weren’t even sitting in the same body 10 years ago if all that rebuilding and regenerating took place. Were you fitter, stronger, happier, healthier, more vibrant and could you move with more ease then than now? Or do you feel you’re better now? I can honestly say for me personally 10 years ago I was not in a great state. I do feel better today. Due to my health problems I made the decision to take my health into my own hands and I continue the journey every day. Now let me ask you to project your thoughts to 10 years from now. How old will you be? If nothing changes now what state will your body and mind be in? How do you think you’ll fare? Will you be healthier, fitter, leaner and stronger? Now project your thoughts to the year 2036, 20 years from now. Will you decide to be in control of your health and ageing process? It’s not up to circumstance it’s up to us!
Do you think it might be possible to create a stronger, healthier body over the next 10 years? There’s no magic pill, it’s a process that needs to start today if you’ve not already put a plan in place. Everything we eat and drink, the way we move, what we surround ourselves with, what we think, how we sleep and our beliefs about ageing create our path.
My mission is about Redefining Midlife.
We need to reframe and rethink how we approach midlife and all that it brings.
Would you like to chat about how we can work out a plan for you? I’ve worked with many women over the years who now feel and look better than they ever thought they could. Want to work online? Are you open to a skype chat? Here’s a thought – it’s a first step. Would you like to complete a professional health assessment questionnaire? It’s confidential, comprehensive and professional. It was created by a team of medical specialists and nutritional scientists and is a great place to start.
Simply head to
click on ‘How Healthy Are You?’
and answer a few simple questions. But be truthful with every question. You’ll receive a detailed personalised report but I’ll get an idea of how we can take the first step. Make sure you type in your email correctly and I’ll be in touch after you’ve completed it.
What can you lose?
Would you like to be curious and explore some possibilities? Believe me, the second half of life is worth every minute.
Here’s my email if it makes it easier.
Yogini, Food and Nutrition Coach