“I like to describe myself as a proudly visible member of the most invisible segment of our society — older women.”
After decades spent trying to follow the culture’s party line about women, make a stand and get a subversive thrill from trying to disrupt it. Our thoughts affect our emotions and self-concept, which then shape our actions.
You could look at yourself and see a middle-aged, cash-strapped, over-worked woman OR you could see yourself as a survivor who has shed her Stepford Wife shell and now isn’t letting anyone dictate how she should live, who she should date, or what kind of intimate relationships she should have.
Shrugging off society’s death knell to mature women takes audacity, something every 50-plus woman needs if she doesn’t want to go gently into that good night.
Feeling invisible stems less from one’s appearance, and more from the value we put on other people’s often shallow judgments of middle-aged women. It’s up to your refusal to listen to the messages telling you you’ve passed your expiration date, and to be determined to create a brilliant second act, that will make you seem younger than your years.