Monday, May 11, 2009

Turning 55

I'm turning 55 this summer. I'm not embarrassed to admit that. Age has not meant much to me since I turned the big 5-0. However, I am slowly recognizing the landmark 55 represents. I'm a coach devoted to coaching mid-life women and this blog is devoted to tips and tools and musings by a 'mid-life' woman. Will I still be at midlife when I'm 55? Or will I officially become a Senior?

Between now and my August birthday, I'm going to be posting blogs relevant to my thoughts, processes, worries and joys around age and turning 55 in paraticular. If you relate in any way, please feel free to post your comments.

First off, my thoughts on the age itself and what it means. As I said, my last significant birthday was turning 50. I enjoyed that. It felt like a huge landmark. I was more secure in myself and more comfortable in my own skin than I had been my entire life. I celebrated with a party at my house. I felt fully alive, grateful and loved. Since then, it's just numbers. Until now...

What does 55 mean? It means I have already outlived my father by almost 20 years. It means I do qualify for a senior discount in many places. The number sounds like someone approaching or well into retirement. The number sounds like someone who is a grandmother (yes). It means I am even more whole and happy and content with myself than 5 years ago.

What do these numbers mean to you? Have you hit a significant age or are you about to?

Next blog, what I've learned thus far on this journey.

6 comments:

mscoach said...

Cindie,
At 53 I'm also a midlife women's coach and often asked if I feel like I'll live to be 106. Will I, I'd like to imagine doing that as long as I'm vibrant and able to live on my own. It's a funny thing but I feel like this is the middle as it sounds like you do as well.
Regardless of what we call where we are I think you and I would agree that this is a powerful place to be in terms of living a life of our own creating.

Coach Cindie Wilding said...

It certainly is and I'm grateful every day to be where I am in life and believe I still have lots more time to play! I think the important thing is we are living our lives feeling happy. It does feel like a good vantage point for looking back at how far we've come and looking forward with joyful expectation. Thanks for the post.

Darlene Siddons said...

i love my age and i am definitely got more advanced numbers in years....these are the best years of my life...i am 67 and 40 years younger....when you arrive at this glorius time in your life you can be as eccentric as you want and people tend to accept it...and it is really, really fun...embrace this time and have a ball!!!

darlene
http://visionmapvideo.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/spiritdancing

Coach Cindie Wilding said...

You know Darlene, I'm noticing that wonderful fact already. It's the red hat thing isn't it? We wear what we want and feel more comfortable being ourselves, not trying to please anyone else. I find myself literally thinking - well I'm the old white haired lady (and I say that to myself in a nice, positive way) who cares? and it's true. I am embracing it and thanks for being there with the flashlight ahead of me on the path!

Darlene Siddons said...

cindi you are most welcome....it is my pleasure, if you are "working" with women on a continual basis on this topic...think about creating a video to encourage them, they can watch it every day and it will inspire them daily and it could even be your gift to them...i produce Vision Map Videos and they are very effective....have fun and rejoice!!!

darlene
http://visionmapvideo.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/spiritdancing

Coach Cindie Wilding said...

Great idea Darlene. I have created several YouTube videos which you can find on my website home page. I love that idea. ;)