Facing 55 and Feeling Fine!

Would you believe I am facing 55 and it isn’t a reason to lament.  I am not old, just well seasoned.

Yep, I am becoming an official Senior Citizen complete with discounts!  I have a couple months yet but when you are this close does it really matter?

Facing 55 and Feeling Fabulous

I love how these young, fresh out of school checkers at the grocery store gingerly ask if I qualify for the discount on Senior Citizen day.  It is as if I am going to go postal on them if they are wrong.
I know they have to be careful, I have a friend who is a bit younger than me who gets terribly offended when asked.  She claims she won’t even accept the discount when she does officially turn 55 and I feel sad for her.  She is so wrapped up in a number that she cannot just enjoy being alive and healthy.

Facing 55 and Feeling Fabulous

I must confess getting older is not for sissies. You have to be more cognizant of things.  No more eating what you want and not having it land on your hips or wrap itself around your waist.  Yes, I was one of those rare souls that could eat a ton when I was younger and not gain so it is tough to have to be more restrictive of what passes my lips. And there are days that being over 50 just kicks you in the fanny.  I have tons of energy but I do notice that I have less than in my youth and I cannot work as hard as I used to without it resulting in a few more aches.

That being said my age and/or limitations do not define me.  I don’t look back and pine for what I used to be able to do and focus on the present. Being older and thereby wiser (more experienced) brings insights that you just can’t teach an 18 year old.  Getting older has created an emotionally stronger and happier me.

Facing 55 and Feeling Fabulous

I have learned that what you look like, what you have, or what others think of you is not important.

What is important is how you make others feel.  Being positive and up building makes you beautiful even if you are wearing extra pounds, some well defined wrinkles and love handles.

By this time in life you should realize it isn’t about you!

I have not lived a charmed life, I have sat beside loved ones as their life ebbs away, been in an abusive relationship, watched my children suffer and have the power to change that taken away, and every day I was going through the toughest struggles I would wake up every morning and make myself think of my blessings.  Even the smallest positive thing was counted.  Thinking positive does not make your problems disappear, but it does help you to cope with a better attitude, which in turn can go a long way.

Facing 55 and Feeling Fabulous

Being fabulous and fifty means not wasting time wishing I could do something but taking the plunge and doing it.  Take up a hobby or skill you have always wanted to pursue.  Get rid of the can’ts and find a way to just start even if it is in tiny bits.

I get comments all the time of ones with such limited time that they cannot possible take up painting, something they dearly wish to do.  I know what that feels like, the desire to create is strong in us.  So I am trying to brainstorm a new series for my other blog called 10, 20, 30 minutes to paint so anyone could take a moment to sit down and create.  Even those with very limited time.  It is taking a long time to put together but I know it will be just what so many want and need.

Facing 55 and Feeling Fabulous

Then of course there are those “power surges” that come at the most inopportune times, one minute you are bundled up against the cold weather and the next you are ripping off as many clothes as you can while maintaining a bit of modesty.  I try to embrace them and dream of a vacation in the tropics as I sip more ice tea and fan myself vigorously.   Side Note: Those folding fans you can tuck into your purse are a must.
Another blessing that comes with growing older is touched on in this quote from Maxine.

Facing 55 and Feeling Fabulous

As I said, getting older is not for sissies!

Being so comfortable with myself makes it easier in my blogging too.  So many are rabidly trying to fit their content to what they think readers want that it becomes work, drudgery.  I am here to do something I truly enjoy and if my squirrel brain wants to flit over to something about my greenhouse, I share it.  Did I make a new sign this week?..then I share that. I know many here are for my garden posts but I hope they enjoy the fixing up of things in our home that I will be sharing as well.  Just sayin’.

I had so much fun gathering up quotes to use with my photos.  Narrowing them down was quite the challenge, so I hope you enjoyed them.

So, if you are ‘older’ what do you find you love about this stage of your life?

This post was inspired by a group of supportive “over 50” bloggers.  We are each sharing something on becoming golden, some talk about fashion, some DIY and some like me just ramble on. Hop on over and see what delights they have for you. The links are below.

Turning 55 and Feeling fine, getting older is not for sissies. suck it up Buttercup and join the Fabulous 50's!

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  1. So well said Pamela! Glad to meet you via the Fantastic Fifties Fall Blog Hop. I am 56 and I love it ALL!
    πŸ™‚ gwingal

        1. Yes, I did do that. This past year I have been stretching out in my painting skills with an Impressionistic painting course. I am loving it. I have painted for 20 years now but in acrylics and a tighter method. Thank you so much.

  2. This is all so incredibly true!! I just about died laughing over the need to pee quote with Maxine. That’s so frighteningly true. πŸ™‚

    1. That quote being true is what makes it so funny, I don’t know if I would’ve gotten the joke when I was younger accept when I was pregnant. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you, Paula. πŸ™‚ I had many more quotes but figured I should limit it.

  3. Pamela those Maxine sketches always make me laugh. Yes getting older does have some negatives but we have earned them. We have also earned the right to be comfortable in our own skins and gained confidence in our decisions. And that is the best part of getting older. Now about that tire around the waist… πŸ˜‰

    1. I hear you, that tire makes it harder to bend over to tie your shoes! Exactly we have earned them, when I tell the checkers at the grocery store I am not yet able to take the discount they are all over themselves apologizing and I tell them not to worry, I am not offended, I have earned every wrinkle, sag and pone and I am going to rock them.

  4. Girl, you have some good advice to share! I can relate to everything you said. It’s sure true that as you age, you have less energy. I loved the quotes too!

    1. Less stamina can be a pain but at least we have learned to be kind to ourselves and try not to push beyond our own limits, enjoy the slower pace and knowing it will still get done just not as swiftly.

  5. I love how you are looking at life after 50. I too am finding it freeing. I don’t know what turning 50 did, almost like flipping a switch. I like who I am, what I’m doing and those that know me best like me too. So I’m done worrying how those on the outside judge my movements, actions and decisions. They are on the outside for a reason. LOL

    And those power surges! UG! I was never able to understand how they could be so miserable. Now that I have them I totally get it! LOL

    1. You have to put your face to the wind and just enjoy being, if we didn’t then what is the point. I am not really bothered by the hot flashes much, though I have them at the worst time, but I love being hot rather than cold so I hope they come in handy this winter. πŸ™‚

  6. I will be 63 in December and I enjoy
    My life with all the ups and downs.
    My youngest sister succumbed to breast cancer at 44. I love your tutorials on painting and gardening. Did I mention I had a brain issue that nearly took my life?. I have 3 horses and 6 dogs. I go as much as I can, paint as much as I want and enjoy this beautiful journey call life. I enjoy your posts Pamela.

    1. Your attitude is so inspiring. I am so sorry about your sister, it is so hard to lose a loved one, I have lost a few. Finding joy in our lives despite issues we face is the ticket. I focus on the things that bring me joy and not on what I may be facing in life, so sometimes it seems like all is well or perfect in my life but that doesn’t mean I have no struggles. Sharing my passions, gardening, painting and my home helps me to cope. It sounds like you have found wonderful coping tools as well. πŸ™‚

  7. lol, I love that quote about hot flashes. It’s so true. You are so right on with this post, it’s all about attitude and loving every minute of your age.

  8. Love those quotes!! I am glad that I have a similar attitude in that age is just a number! I finally had the time (and the guts) to go to culinary school for pastry classes after age 40, and for my 52nd birthday a few weeks ago although I now I am artistically challenged, I treated myself to watercolor classes!

  9. Hi Pamela! I don’t know if we’ve met before today, but I’m glad to have found your blog! I’ll be checking out your garden posts… You have a kindred spirit here!!! Thank you for being on the Fantastic Fifty blog hop ~ I’m enjoying visiting everyone’s corner of the web. πŸ™‚ You’re right about enjoying life as we get older. Some days it’s tough but most days are good. I’ve found for me with all the aches that I needed CALCIUM. Ladies, if you hurt everywhere and especially in your neck, are tired all the time and then moderate exercise wipes you out for days… you might be needing more calcium. Amazing what just adding 900mg/day does!!! Happy to be on the road to a healthier, less worn out version of me. Oh, and I’m glad you started painting… <3 Isn't it fun?!!

    Have a great rest of your weekend,
    Barb πŸ™‚

  10. Pamela, This is great, I love what you wrote! I’m so happy we’ve connected more through this blog hop. I always loved watercolor paintings, but was told how hard it was to do. Once I retired, I had a chance to take a few classes while we were in Florida and fell in love with it. So you never know until you try something and when you get older, you have the time to go for it!

  11. Such a nice post, Pamela. I turned 60 (cough, cough) this year. I walked away from the Corporate rat race this year. My sister and I held my Mom’s hand as she passed away this year. I moved to a new town and built a new house this year. Started a new life as a writer this year. Who says we can’t make changes as easily when we’re “old”? With all the challenges, I still believe I live a blessed life. Especially when I look at some of the events that some may not consider blessings. Also – I like the over-50 writers supporting each other. Congratulations and good luck to you all. If you’d like, visit Barb & me at HeelsAndTevas.com. –Lynnelle

  12. Funny post and I love the quotes. I have found that it’s not bothering me right now being 50. Other life happenings around me are taking up my time and thoughts. I do realize I need to exercise and eat better though that’s been a struggle.

  13. I absolutely LOVE your positive attitude about this stage of life. I want to live life to the fullest and make EVERY minute count. I love how well you express the joy of living. xo rachel

  14. Getting older is a freeing experience, isn’t it? And yes I know we have a few inconveniences but all in all it isn’t bad. You really nailed it. And the quotes sum it up for sure.

  15. Hi Pamela. Nice to meet you. I’m stopping by from the Boondock’s Blog. I’m an over 50 blogger, 57 to be exact. I share my journey on Mother 2 Mother. I love this stage of my life. Feeling free to be me and go wherever I please. And I am! Life has include a few lumps and bumps along the way, but they have been growing opportunities. Lets connect. Please join my Sunday’s Best linkup. Starts every Saturday night at 8:00 pm EST.


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