I love engaging with women of all ages! We need each other. As I sit at my computer thinking about what I want to commit to paper on this topic, I know I have to incorporate my feelings regarding the past few years of Covid. (What does the word mean, anyway!)
This virus had an unprecedented effect on us. Covid did all of us in when our government prescribed a prescription known as, Isolation. In my view, our state of Isolation has become habit-forming. Our world has gotten smaller; fewer meet-ups with girlfriends after 50, less travel, less entertainment, and less of everything.
I wonder if Marie Kondo would say, “less is more!” In this case, I hope she would say, “More is more satisfying because it is important to engage with other women of all ages.”
The virus put everyone in a funk. Due to habit, we became like bears who hibernate. Hibernation is unnatural for humans…habits are not.
My friends, family, and many of you who I consider friends have fallen into this rut. We should want to live the life we had, not the life we have. We should want to feel our natural enthusiasm return.
How can we do this?
We can realize the problem and break this habit of feeling comfortable staying home. Then we can restart our engine by re-engaging with our women friends after 50. A perfect restart.
ENLARGE YOUR WORLD BY ENGAGING WITH WOMEN OF ALL AGES
After two years of government control, wearing masks and keeping our distance, Isolation became an alarming and shocking ‘habit.’
Fear due to the emergence of crime across our country also contributed to our Isolation. We retreated into a safety net, our homes. Life as we knew it stopped. This was and continues to be an unsettling and unnatural way to live your life.
I know most women after 50 and younger across the world felt the shift. We moved away from enthusiasm, togetherness, and fearlessness to passivity, loneliness, and fear. Your goal should be to enlarge your world again by breaking the habit of Isolation and lethargy.
HOW TO SOLVE A HABIT OF ISOLATION AFTER 50
I know it is hard to break a habit. But it is a ‘must do’ priority if you want to prevent yourself from feeling half-hearted about life. You should choose to reinvigorate and reinvent yourself and give the ‘boot’ to your existing lethargic feeling; in other words, replace lethargy with enthusiasm.
Your end goal is to once again celebrate life. The importance of engaging with girlfriends of all ages is one of the best ways to restart because women love to share information and all the other good stuff! And I say all ages because each generation offers a new perspective. We can all learn something from one another, don’t you think?
I live life with attitude! I believe that something good comes out of all unfortunate situations. After living through Isolation and lethargy caused by the virus, I have chosen to scale back from a packed lifestyle to a more meaningful one.
I also realized if I wanted something strongly enough, I had to be the one to go after it, not wait for someone else to carry the ball.
My suggestion to you is to make re-engaging with those women who contribute a positive attitude a priority. Pursuing women friends of all ages after 50 who will give you back your old feeling of enthusiasm.
Also, look for their silver lining: kindness, curiosity, zest, positivity, and an authentic openness.
Nothing empowers, enlightens, and nourishes a woman after 50 like quality relationships.
Lastly, scale back. Be choosy.
TURN YOUR BACK ON FEAR AND RESTART YOUR LIFE
Next, remember that your enthusiasm will knock out fear. Fear is removable. Don’t allow fear to stop you from venturing out and socializing in public with other women.
Of course, I know there is reasonable cause to feel fearful with the virus and high crime rate, but remember not to carry this to extremes. Don’t let your fears stop you from socializing and engaging with your friends.
It is time to stave off loneliness and Isolation brought on by Covid. It is time to toss out the new negative habits of Isolation and fear. Once again, it is time to increase your sense of happiness and well-being by leaving your home and spending time with your friends and family ‘in person.’
So, motivate yourself to go outside your safety net — your cocoon — and do it!
Female friends (after 50 and younger) and your family will help you, once again, cultivate shared sources of meaning and value.
HAVE YOU RESTARTED YOUR LIFE YET? DO SHARE, DARLINGS! I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IN THE COMMENTS.
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This was a great post, Honey! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experiences.