My definition of being bold is not being brazen. Remember, darlings, our greatest asset is our femininity. Being bold over 50 is the ability and desire to take normal new chances and be undaunted… because we want to.
It is believing in yourself; in what you want to do and who you want to be as a woman over 50. If you want to wear bold red lipstick, return to college, move to an island, dance to your own drummer, unflinching and venturesome. It is nothing less than refreshing!
You hear, “Oh I wish I was 40 again.” I hear it from women all the time. You can’t go back in time, so stop wasting your time in wishing for what was. Instead, live for what is possible. What is possible and has become my reality is my past. It has given me the stature to live an even greater life as an older woman because my past was my teacher. My future is to take all that I have learned and realize that being a woman over 50, 60, 70, 80, and beyond, is not about aging, it is about living.
Climb New Mountains
I want you to find new mountains to climb. I want you to embrace your age and see yourself as a flower with beautiful petals, each representative of different facets of your life. You have earned the right to take all your wisdom and enjoy with fervor the second half of your life. Make boldness a part of it.
I will never forget the words of wisdom of my friend, Joyce, much older than I, who said to me when I was in my forties, “I reinvent myself every ten years.” Her words stuck with me and I have followed her advice, and what a life I have led, so far, and I am not nearly done yet.
I look at each day and wonder what I am going to discover that is a little different as I am a bit of a non- conformist in my thinking. Thank goodness because my thinking has given me permission to enjoy being bold in my thinking.
Bold does not mean being forward, presumptuous, disrespectful or garish. It means being proactive, adventuresome, gutsy, dauntless (I love the word), feisty, and self-assured. It means we should live our lives with fervor.
What Being Bold Means For Me
So, my darlings, my boldness does not mean I am an aggressive woman by any stretch of the imagination. It means I am a curious woman who lives outside the box. It means I think bold. I wear a red lipstick, I wear my high heels, and I travel to exotic places. Furthermore, I am bold, proactive, in taking care of my health, and I welcome ‘the new’ people, places and things into my life.
When I saw a brochure in our mailbox on travel to Syria, I said to my Ultimate Concierge, “Let’s Go!” All of my friends, and I mean all of my friends, said, “Aren’t you afraid to go to Syria? Oh my goodness, I would never go there!” My answer, “Not at all. I am curious and over the top excited.” Darlings, we traveled to Syria, a year or two before the war, and what a fabulous trip it was. When I listen to the war news, I am one of the few women in America who can relate, first hand, to what life was like in Syria before the war.
The Opposite of a Bold Woman is a Stuck Woman
A stuck woman is immovable. She is trapped, struggling with her age and the changes in her life, and she is bogged down and at a loss. The reason for this is because she does not have a sense of purpose and a positive self-image. This can all change, but it is up to you. The ball is in your court.
This should be the goal, as I see it. It does take boldness to gain confidence in navigating life’s transitions. When you do, you will have a positive self-image once again. So take those changes one step at a time. The first item on your list is to recognize that bold means living life on your terms.
In essence, you have a much better understanding of who you really are; giving you the right to be bold in choosing what makes your hearts sing. Your desires, not the desires of the pack. You should be your own Alpha dog, so to speak. Be bold, darlings. I promise you, as I stated in my first paragraph, it is nothing less than refreshing.
You have long lives ahead of you. Be a sassy woman over 50. Be bold about your health and nutrition, work on your financial strategies, workout at a gym, choose interesting friends, younger and older, speak your mind, turn a hobby into a career, lift your voice in support of this wonderful, adventuresome phase of life and put on your red lipstick and be a bold woman over 50.
Nothing good will happen by accident. Take one step, then another step and another step and hopefully in time you will be running up the steps and feeling bolder and bolder about yourself and your lifestyle after 50.
How Bold Are You?
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