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!