Sunday, March 22, 2009

Psssst...I have a secret

I'm 52!

And have been for awhile. I've always thought it was so funny when women didn't want to tell their age. You know, to the point where they would get embarrassed and red-faced and look even older than whatever their age might have been. I'm 52, have some gray hair, some wrinkles and bat-wings. Hey, I've lived a life (or at least part of a life) and plan to live more. And I have to
say, I am so sick of magazines headlines screaming that we should all be "HOT" at whatever age. I was hot once, just like I was cute when I was 6 and adorable as an infant. Now I want to be comfortable in my own skin, healthy and active. If someone thinks that's hot, OK, but that is not my goal in life. This is the season for me!

Blogs have brought me in touch with women who are going through the things that come with this season of life: gray hair, wrinkles, "will I have enough for retirement?" worries, keeping work meaningful, aging parents, death of parents. And they are writing about it honestly, warmly, humorously and sometimes laugh out loud funnily (hey, it's a word; it's even an adverb because it has -ly on the end). Today I want to share their blogs with you.
Not me, but she's Rockin the 50s

Rock the Silver- A blog about being fearlessly gray, relentlessly cool. (Thanks, Sara!)

Figment of My Cogitation-Poignant and funny, slices of life in the post-mother era.

GRACEful Retirement-Getting a late start on retirement saving and debt reduction in middle age with a middle class income.

For the First Time- Feminist Women Entering Retirement

Goldivas-e-mag For Women Over 5o Who Are Too Young to be Old

Retirement: A Full-Time Job-Syd is an early (pre-50) retiree who writes thoughtfully about her retired life, the economy, gardening, travel, just about everything.

Jamie Lee Curtis-You can follow her at the Huffington Post

Enjoy, Sistahs!


  1. I'm 49! I will be 50 this year!!!

  2. Judy,
    Thanks for the links. I'm 46, 47 in August and I've never been more content with my age! Great post! Love the picture!

  3. Hi Ladies, thanks for chiming in. I think we should work on enjoying ourselves now-we have for so long done for others, now let's do what makes us happy!

  4. Thanks for the link, Judy.

    I recently turned 45, and although I'm sure I could shave a few years off my looks with a round of Botox, I REFUSE! This is what 45 REALLY looks like!

  5. It's so refreshing to see women embrace their age and truly live in their skin. Someone recently asked me when I was going to start covering my grays. WHAT?! Never, I told them. I worked hard for those few grays and plan on keeping them (plus hair dye makes me nervous). Anyway your a wonderful role model for women everywhere!! Thank you!

  6. Thanks for the link Judy. I will be turning 60 this summer which might just make me the crone of the group ... and that's just fine with me. When I turned 50 I celebrated by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Still trying to figure out how to mark this landmark!