Lighter days ahead in more ways than one. At least that’s where I hope we’re headed in the coming months. Current politics aside, it seems like this winter was a dark one for many. I suspect part of that is getting older and all the stuff that comes with it. Seems like many of my friends – ourselves included – are dealing with issues around elderly parents. Also on the forefront of our minds is career uncertainty because of ageism in certain fields (like ours). The retail landscape and business is also changing and we’re constantly trying to adapt. Reinventing yourself multiple times in your lifetime is now the norm. And even though it’s still years away (but really, not that far – only 5!), college tuition financing is a puzzle that is creeping into the picture. Navigating these mid life changes is daunting and it seems like everything is hitting all at once.
I could write about any one of these things in greater detail, but life seems tentative these days and unlike past years on this blog, I feel a lot more vulnerable. Holding things closer and inward, I guess. I remember in the first couple of years of blogging, ruminating about an upcoming milestone birthday and wondering how that would change me. I don’t think it did much back then, but I can’t say the same about age these days. I feel it. Oh, do I ever feel it.
So how do you stay grounded with all this uncertainty in life and in the world in general? Because right now it feels like there are too many balls in the air and it’s a struggle to keep them all afloat. Maybe the best gift you can give yourself is to let one (or more) of them fall. There may have been a time where I thought I could be superwoman. I think the gentlest thing I can do for myself is to admit that I’m not.