One Simple Rule to Enjoying Your Age
In 3 days, I’m going to get a new hair style. I’ve had 3 hairstyles my entire life. Short (layered), long (pulled into a ponytail with permed bangs), and my current bob (shoulder length no bangs).
I’ve never liked not having bangs as I feel my forehead is too high. But as I look around, I see women of all ages with no bangs. For years I felt that I didn’t have time to think about my looks. Being a single mother for a little while of two little ones didn’t leave any time or money for a hair style. Once I remarried, my life was still full with working full time and raising a family and my hairstyle stayed the same for years and years.
Finally, somewhere past the age of 48, I realized that paying for a stylist who knew what they were doing and who could help me with a style was worth every penny.
I vowed that I would invest in myself and that
looking good made me feel good.
Watching the changes in the mirror as I went through menopause caused me to lose my self confidence. Changes were happening to my body and my skin and I didn’t know how to respond. I remember being in denial and scared for a few years as I fought against this new time in my life.
Then I decided to accept and embrace aging and I’ve even learned to enjoy my age (most of the time).
And now it’s time for a new hairstyle. I’ve been talking about it with my daughter for over a year. She’s someone who gets bored with her style about every 12 months (or sooner). She is not afraid to grow it really long and then cut it into a pixie. And of course she looks adorable in any style. She has a great attitude. If she doesn’t like it, no worries, it will grow back.
I read somewhere that one thing that ages you is never changing your hairstyle. Now don’t get me wrong, every woman can decide for herself what she wants to do with her personal style. But because I’m thinking of making a change, that sentiment makes sense to me. I look back on 7 years of pictures and I look the same in every one! I’m tired of looking the same. It’s time for a change!
But this is a big deal! How do I decide what to do? I found some great websites and videos which are awesome.
Check out 80 Respectable Yet Modern Hairstyles for Women Over 50 for some great ideas and pictures.
I like this short video too:
I’m learning a lot through this process. Something that I hadn’t realized until now about responding to getting older.
So what is the one simple rule to enjoying your age?
Don’t be afraid of trying something new.
If we’re afraid of life and of trying new things, we stay stifled and stuck. Of course we need to be wise and not compromise our integrity, health, or finances, but something as simple as a new hair style shouldn’t be so scary.
Find your motivation. Take a step of faith. Take a dance class, art class, try a new restaurant, go on a spontaneous 3 day weekend to somewhere new. Have fun!
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Kristy Klenk has reached the 55 (and counting) birthday and finds this stage of life and aging an interesting adventure. Over the past 20 years she has been on a journey of living a holistic lifestyle and continues to research its positive effects on aging.
Disclaimer: Information found on this website or links to other websites are for informational purposes only and not intended for medical advice. You know your body and your physical, emotional and mental situation. Consult your physician before making any changes.