I've never considered myself to be in the later stages of life. But, I suppose when I was in my early 20's I may have looked at a woman of 43 with two sons out of the house and a 14 year old daughter as WAY OLD. It's funny how things change when you get here. It's true my skin is not as resilient as it was in my teens and twenties despite all the Mary Kay I use. I have more of a middle than what I've had in the past... I may or may not have gray hair...that is to be determined at a much later date. (Thank you for hair coloring and highlights) But, you know what? My brain and my heart still feel the same! I still feel like that perky 17 year old inside. Not the foot shuffling, tight permed old mama that I could be. But let us look at the facts here, I am 43 with two of my kids gone. My youngest will be out of the house at college in 4 years! Let's do the math here...I will be 47 and an empty-nester. I will be a YOUNG old...I will still have the energy to gallivant and travel and do all kinds of fun things. Disneyland avec children? HERE I COME!
As someone in the later stages of life let me tell you that I have more self confidence than I did in my 20's. I can run farther and faster than I could back then. I am wiser, I know how to sit back and laugh at the things that go wrong instead of stressing over them. I enjoy food now instead of starving myself for that perfect figure. These are things that 20+ extra years of life and experience have taught me, and you know what? I wouldn't change back the clock for the world. I love who I have become, I love where I am at, and I love my life.
What stage are you in and what do you love about it?