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Creating our own rules for a new generation of 50 somethings…..


Article by Ceri Wheeldon

We’re a new generation of fifty somethings and we can create our own rules. We don’t need to live by the old ones!

Our generation of women have lived through enormous change. We have moved away from the 50’s housewife scenario, partly through choice and partly economic necessity. When I was growing up very few of my peers mothers worked. Our fathers were the breadwinners and our mothers took care of the home and family. But that changed. We were encouraged to have careers and independent lives, both within and outside our marriages.
We broadened our horizon through travel. Technology became an integral part of our lives and we have embraced it, changing how we live with each new development. Who can imagine normal life now without mobile phones and the internet. We have moved into an information age. Little surprise then that the ‘rules’ our mothers and grandmothers lived by as they reached midlife seem to have little meaning for us as we move into the next stage of our lives.

A generation embracing change and innovation

We are a generation accustomed to change and innovation. Not for us the cloak of invisibility and slowing down. We are living longer and (hopefully) healthier lives. As our children leave home we look to broaden our horizons further. Instead of luxury holidays in tropical resorts today’s 5o something woman is as likely to volunteer to help build a school in Africa , climb a mountain for charity or train for their first marathon.

For our generation reaching midlife is not the end of our productive lives, just the start of a whole new world of possibilities. We’re embracing a celebration of the best half of our lives.

And we are creating our own rules!

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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  1. Jo Carroll

    February 21, 2012

    Some of us even head of round the world on our own!

  2. Jen Tiller

    February 22, 2012

    I guess my mum was unusual. Between 50 and 55 she went from being an abused housewife to being Head Housekeeper at Government House in Sydney, personally serving assorted heads of state, including the Queen, and having private audiences with many of them. A truly incredible turn around. I KNOW women our age can do anything! So I’m launching a new business, publishing books, and experiencing re-nesting syndrom with the arrival of my 17 year old stepson – all in one month!

    • Anonymous

      February 22, 2012

      Goodness Jen, your mum was defintely an inspiration. Good luck with all your changes, especially the re-nesting. Exciting times. What new business are you setting up?

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