In September I am 50 and I have already given myself a gift: The promise that when the day comes, I will be in great shape, inside and out. I have finally made the adult decision to focus on the most important person in my life – myself.
You’re thinking ”midlife-crisis”. Nope, I have no age concerns. On the contrary, I like getting older and can, at last, honestly say that I am pretty happy with myself. Not that I’m flawless by any means, there are certainly improvements to make, but I’ve accepted what and who I am.
I have stopped worrying about what other people think about my person and my life choices. I have grown to realize that I am good enough, and that, my friends, is a really great feeling. But perhaps most important of all, only because I am turning 50 I don’t intend to slow down. On the contrary. Now – I am ready to step on it.
And I’m not alone. According to Harris Interactive, 50 is the new favorite age. The Institute asked 2 200 men and women of varying ages: ”What age would you like to be in the rest of your life, if you got to be in good health?”.
The answer? Yep: 50.
The big five-zero.
Why? Well, according to psychologist Barbara Becker Holstein, it is because the 50-somethings can do almost anything they like:
– They have almost every opportunity. You’re young enough to be famous or start an organic farm, and still have the muscle tone to work eight hours a day, she says to today.com.
Just my point. A sort of reverse adolescence is lying ahead of me. A future without anxiety or guilt, where I don’t need to fret over who I am. I just AM.
I can already taste it: The kids are on their way out of the nest (yes, it’ll be a little bit boring and empty, bit also VERY nice). The state of mine and my husbands bank balance matters less and less, since it only needs to support us two and our dog Monty (who is a skinny whippet and don’t cost much to feed).
Therefore, after almost 20 years of so-called ”life juggling”, I now have the time, energy and money to become the best version of Erika Scott, 50: Fit and fcking fabulous.
In this blog you will not only meet me, but also many other fantastic role models, who also embraces their age: ”The Quintastics” (or LL as I call them, ”Lucious ladies, and the occasional ” lad ”) , their ”prospects” (they are the 45 plus) and ”hang arounds” (from 40 years of age).
So whether you are LL, prospect or hang around – join me! Become fifty, fit and fcking fabulous, you too!
You know you want to.