Perennials (I'm not talking about plants)

9:15 PM

I read a very interesting article the other day which was published in The Telegraph about how women in their 40's and 50's are considered the new "ageless generation".

Now, if you read my previous post, you'll know that turning 45 this past month has really put a spin on my world.  In a good way.  I am using this birthday to catapult me toward some serious changes.  (Which I promise to discuss in future posts).

And for any of you who are at a similar stage in life, I'm sure you've thought many times about the fact that mentally, you don't feel as old as your driver's license says you are.

In my case, I feel exactly like I did in my 20's.  Thank heavens I have a bit more experience and expertise under my belt now, but otherwise, my thought processes and feelings are very much the same.  I certainly don't feel "middle aged" and as this article pointed out, "middle aged" really isn't considered a thing anymore.

The article discussed the fact that women in their 40's and 50's don't subscribe to the types of changes that they did 20 or so years ago.  For instance, it mentioned the fact that it is very difficult to tell a woman's age if she is seen from behind because women across various age ranges dress very much the same as one another.

I know this is true of me.  I even borrow my 14-year-old daughter's clothes.  (And she, of course, borrows mine).  I mentioned in a post on Instagram the other day that I have a very youthful fashion aesthetic, and I don't think that is a bad thing.  I truly don't believe that there is a certain way that a woman is supposed to dress once she hits a certain age.

The article didn't just touch on fashion, however, it also mentioned hairstyles (women don't cut their hair short once they reach their 40's and 50's as often as they once did), music, and TV shows etc.

It also mentioned the fact that because women in this age group are feeling as young and vibrant as ever, many are pursuing goals and making life changes that they wouldn't have dreamed of when younger.  THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL!!

The term that has been coined to describe this no-age mindset is Perennials.  Because, according to the article "Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what's happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages.  We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers."

I honestly feel that age is just a number.  I no longer define myself by my age.  In fact, I am proud of where I am as a 40-something. I am really excited to see where I go from here.

I hope you'll join me as I share my big changes this year!



1 comment:

Kim said...

Great post! I love the term perennials. I am 53 and I feel like I am just getting my second wind. I am more confident, have a firm grip on on what is truly important and know that I have a lot to contribute. Thanks for reminding us that age shouldn't determine what we do in life!

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