"Oh, God, you look just like your father with those big gaps in your teeth," cringed my aunt. I don't remember what we'd been laughing about, heads thrown back in abandon at yet another family gathering, but I do remember closing my mouth immediately.
For many, slowing down is not an option when you pass 50. So, why slow down? If you're in reasonably good health, an active lifestyle and self-improvement don't have to end, whether you're embracing 59 or clinging to 29.
My children were raised to employ handles, and they do. They were even taught to use Sir and Ma'am in grave situations, like when there was smoke coming out of my ears as a result of something they'd said or done. it's easy. And it helps more than you might ever imagine.
The thought of turning 50 was too much. I kept telling family and friends that I was “clinging to my 40’s.” I said it so much that on my 49th birthday, my immediate family threw me a surprise “clinging party.”
Do you remember when you were a teenager and your mother could shut you up and stop you in your tracks with a look that could divide bone and marrow? I didn't understand her superpower, then, but I get it now. She had fire coursing through her veins, just like I have now. But more than likely, she didn't know how to harness it, and it had it's way with her. It still does with so many of us, mainly because we don't acknowledge, discuss or understand it. The culprit – or the power source, depending on your perspective – is menopause. And menopause is not fair.
We lived in the heart of Baltimore, on East Preston Street at the intersection of Milton Avenue when I was a child. Early one summer morning we were preparing to leave on a road trip to Florence, South Carolina. Our car was parked in the alley behind our home, on a slight incline. I was probably in the way, so my Dad put me in the car while he and my brothers went in and out of the house, loading suitcases and lunch. I was probably three, maybe four years old. This was back in the days when no one wore seatbelts and when traveling, little children stood on the front seat between parents. It sounds incredulous now, but that was normal. So I'm certain he put me in my normal position and told me to be still, but there was just too much temptation...
Reaching 50+ is indeed a joy and a blessing. However, it may come with some challenges. One of the central issues is insomnia. Just the worry of not sleeping can cause a problem of its own. As you begin the second half of your life, you may need less sleep. You may think you have insomnia, when that may not necessarily the case.
It's the start of 2014 and everyone is thinking about change. Some of us are going beyond a minor change, venturing all the way to a total makeover. Well, before you start with the outer garments, let’s look and see what’s under that new dress, pants or suit. Specifically, let's take a look at your undergarments. YES, I SAID IT, UNDERGARMENTS! What's going on with your bras, panties and shapewear? There is nothing worse than seeing a well-dressed woman with inappropriate undergarments on. It completely destroys your look and the purpose of your makeover.