Posted by: Admin | January 2, 2011

Jo Blogs

This blogging malarky is a funny thing. Today marks the halfway point of the main project – 6 months. In that time I’ve met some lovely people, both in “real” life and in cyberspace, I’ve learned that, sometimes, it’s okay to take a break and that I am not superwoman (and if anyone is feeling disillusioned by that statement, you haven’t met me!)

I started this blog because I wanted to make something – anything – happen, to shift the stagnating energy in my life around. I didn’t anticipate some of the family matters that were to demand my attention – at times the blog has been akin to a howl in the dark – nor, if I’m honest, that my fledgling photography business would grow wings quite as quickly as it has. In 6 months I have been both battered and blessed.

Now that we have entered the year when I will turn 50, I find myself feeling more optimistic about it. That’s mainly because I’ve learned that 50 doesn’t have to mean perpetual hot flushes and American Tan tights – unless you want it to! The 50 year olds I have hunted down are new parents and grandparents, winding down careers and starting new ones, running marathons and realising long-held ambitions. Some are simply hanging in there, through the daily grind of work and redundancy, negative equity and decimated pensions.

Life is full of challenges (she says, stating the bleedin’ obvious). Age doesn’t change that, but it does alter our ability to cope with them – after all, we’ve seen it all before. I’ve been saddened to discover how many of us have suffered with depression and anxiety – but then as Bette Davis said, getting older isn’t for sissies. There’s light at the end of the tunnel if only we are prepared to embrace change.

That seems to be the key – if you can make a friend of change, rather than fear it, there’s a lot to look forward to. I’m looking forward to the second half of the project and hope that as many of you as possible will connect and celebrate life with me.

 

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