We travelled to Perth yesterday on a gorgeous winter’s day, my hubby bound for a Footie match with our son, and me heading for an afternoon’s shopping with my son’s lovely girlfriend. I felt lucky to be living the good life … and grateful, in as much as I had enough time on my hands to be sociable, the good health to allow me to be physically active and mentally engaged, and a little disposable income with which to splurge.
Together we pounded the pavements of sunny Subiaco, talking about this and that, learning about each others’ interests in clothes, drinking mochas and cappuccinos, and browsing books in Elizabeth’s Second Hand bookshop. It was great to have one on one time together, but it did get me thinking about the differences of being twenty something rather than fifty something.
On the way home, I started thinking a little deeper about how the years have changed me and how I have a different take on life these days. Perhaps you’ll relate to this little list?
A little list for living the good life
- Surround yourself with people who laugh.
- Try always to make people feel good about themselves.
- Do something good for the planet on a daily basis.
- Children left home? Keep busy. Nothing ages you more than inactivity or disinterest. Join a club, get a job or volunteer.
- I read this somewhere the other day, and I have to agree. At the exact date you turn 55 you will develop a muffin top just above your trouser line. Don’t ask me why, it just happens. So plan your wardrobe accordingly and stop fretting about it.
- Enjoy your home, enjoy your clothes, enjoy baking and entertaining while you still have energy and youthful-ish looks – make the most of your attributes.
- When I was 20 I didn’t like my face or my body. When I was 30 I thought how good and how unwrinkled I looked at 20. When I was 40 I couldn’t believe how slim and fit I looked at 30. Now I’m over fifty I realize that how I look today is as good as it’s going to get and I’m grateful for that.
- Try not to interfere in your grown-up children’s lives, but be there for them and always be supportive. Don’t offer advice unless asked for it.
- Ask your grown up children for advice – they know more than you might give them credit for.
- Nightclubs are for twenty to thirty somethings. Don’t go. Not even for a laugh.
- Technology is not your enemy. Embrace it. Your children will use it even if you don’t, so get learning and understand what’s what especially in the communications arena. My Mum is 84 and regularly communicates with her grandchildren on Facebook. Just do it.
- Don’t ever wear onesies or dungarees – leave them to your daughters.
- Yes you can wear yellow jeans (or any coloured jeans) just make sure they are good fitting and consider turning them up at the ankles and wearing them with flats or cool trainers.
- I read this in Woman and Home magazine recently: If you’re recently single, then look for a younger man. You’ll be the envy of your girlfriends, confuse your family, and generally become a talking point! Lol!
- Don’t wear purple (unless you’re a Dockers supporter). It’s ageing.
- Spend money on good shoes that are stylish and comfortable. After the age of 50 we don’t need an Imelda Marcos stash of shoes in the cupboard and anything uncomfortable will rarely be worn. (Yes, Dave, I know I need a clear out)
- When it comes to your body image, for God’s sake have a sense of humour. After 50 everything heads south to the Bermuda Triangle – never to return. Just remember, you mostly cannot wear what 20 year olds wear so choose wisely.
- Fat though is significant when it impacts your health, remember to eat well and exercise lots.
- Good fabrics, good cuts and timeless elegance are now your friends – with an accessorized nod to what’s fashionable. (Actually, I haven’t embraced this rule yet … but I know I should!) As my son’s girlfriend alluded, “Cheap clothes made from cheap fabrics don’t wear well or wash well.”
- Exercising alone is boring (well it is for me) and the thought of it makes me grumpy. Do it anyway because it feels good afterwards and good health will make you happy. If you have time join a gym or an exercise class, or get some friends together to walk.
Do you agree, or do you have a tip to add? We’d love to hear.