Posted by: Admin | October 13, 2012

The Saturday Interview 31 – Teresa

I am greeted by barking and a furiously wagging tale as I arrive at Teresa’s home in a pretty Northamptonshire village. Her partner, Ian, makes us tea while we chat about dogs and life and perceptions of age.

All Teresa’s animals – 3 cats and a dog – have been rescued

“I dreaded 40,” she tells me. “I was very sensitive about my age, but turning 50 wasn’t so bad. I feel much more relaxed and a lot my insecurities seem to have faded away.”

Both her sister and mother were, in her words, “stunning” and as a youngster Teresa always felt she was labelled the “clever” one.

“Not so long ago I saw a video of myself in my thirties and realised that, actually, I looked ok.”

Formerly an accountant, she now works as a self-employed project manager in the area of business change and new legislation.

“I think that once you hit 50 you have either achieved what you hoped to achieve or have accepted that you won’t,” she muses, talking about corporate life. “Getting older you become more relaxed, more accepting of yourself and your circumstances.”

We discuss the fact that, as someone who has completely changed course, career-wise, in my fifties, this view does not resonate with me personally, however, it is something that I see often, which only goes to make this project more interesting. Fifty used to be far more homogenous: if you had a career you’d reached your limit and retirement was on the horizon.

Teresa is looking forward to joining Ian in retirement so that they have more time to enjoy life together. In the meantime, she has a philosophy that she’ll try anything once: pole dancing, modelling, boudoir photography and she keeps up with her passions: horse riding, cars (driving at Silverstone and taking her Advanced motorists instruction) and rescue animals.

I’m left with the impression of a lady who has reached a point where she is very comfortable with who she is and with the life she leads, with a determination to seize the day, whatever it may bring.

More of Teresa’s images can be seen on the photography blog

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