Midlife Redefined

Recently, I discovered a podcast that spoke to me in so many ways. I’ve been listening to Truth Telling with Elizabeth DiAlto for some time, but when I saw her podcast named Old Chicks Know Sh*t with Jennifer Arthurton, I knew I had to check it out.

I’m not an “old chick,” but I am in the second half of my life. So, I was eager to jump in and hear what they had to say. Elizabeth’s podcasts make me want to be a better person, and this one did not disappoint. It’s all about growth and learning for all of us, right?!

Jennifer is all about helping women in midlife see themselves differently. Too often, we hold ourselves up against the cultural idea of who we “should” be. Falling short of this ideal is very disempowering and causes us to doubt our inner power and wisdom.

Midlife can be a time of life that’s very freeing as we become more comfortable with who we are, but also challenging as some external identities get stripped away. For some of us, we become empty nesters, and our previous role of “mom” morphs into something different. For some, the active career woman starts to slide into retirement. While I have played other roles in my life, being a Mom has been front and center for a big part of my life.

Faced with these changes, we can feel uncertain about how to move forward in our lives. Now is the time to start listening to our intuitive nudges and start speaking up.

In our earlier years, it’s so easy to live in a place of fear around saying (and doing) the wrong thing. Now’s the time to let fear know you see it, but you’re still moving forward. In other words, you can tell fear to hop in the back seat as you take the wheel.

When you get to midlife, you’ve gained so much wisdom and knowledge from all of your life experiences. Women feel called to give back. What perfect timing to be able to share the wisdom and help others.

In a culture that’s obsessed with how we look, this is the time to make the shift from how we look to what we know. Sure, we still want to look good but life is SO much more than that.

During this time, you may feel like you’re going through a midlife crisis. Jennifer believes that a midlife crisis is actually a “crisis of meaning.” It’s the desire to do something that matters to make a difference in the world.

The podcast wrapped up with the reminder that this is the time to do “our” thing…whatever that happens to be. Maybe it’s a past hobby to rekindle, current desire to learn something new, or travel to a place that’s been on your list for some time. It’s giving yourself permission to do what your heart desires…simple as that!

At this point in your journey, how do midlife changes show up in your life or in those you love? Go ahead and let me know in the comments below.

As always, should you have any questions or want to connect, you can reach me at hello@anneeppley.com.

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