1 Day to Go: Turning 50! 50 GlowTips I’m sharing to Spread the Glow!
1 Days to go until I turn 50! So I’ve decided to share 50 GlowTips to Get Your Glow ON — one per day, in no particular order of importance and just as they come to me…
And here’s GlowTip 50: The best way to get over yourself is to enjoy yourself!
I’ve been telling everyone I’m turning 50 for ages now. Just to get myself used to it! And now — it’s here!
People keep asking me, “What does it feel like to be turning 50?”.
And the first thing that comes to mind is — Fantastic, I survived! I’m grateful to be alive and kicking! Because many of my friends and loved ones, didn’t make it this far.
I don’t know what 50 feels like. Sometimes I still feel 7 — giggling and silly, or afraid and wanting to hide under the bed. And sometimes I feel 1007 — like I’ve seen it all before, and understanding everything without explanation.
People have commented that I don’t look like 50. I know that’s supposed to be a compliment. But really — what does 50 look like?
I’ve been thinking about how I should dress, what I should wear, do I need to tidy up my hair?! Are my skirts too short? Is my lipstick too bright? I don’t want to be that woman known as 1959 — looks 19 from the back and 59 from the front…ouch! Am I ‘age appropriate’? And what is ‘age appropriate’?
One friend said that “50 is the new 30”. But I don’t want to be the new 30. I’m not trying to look younger. I’m proud to be 50! And maybe there aren’t any rules. Maybe it’s just whatever I want it to look like!
I spent most of my life wishing I could be ‘like everybody else’. I only realised years later, that I’d only been insulting myself!
I don’t fit into a mould. And trying to squash myself in was always extremely uncomfortable. So one of the best things about turning 50 — is that I can no longer be bothered to try!
I used to always wonder when I’d grow up. I still love sparkles and pink and silliness and childish things!
Why was growing up taking so long? When would I get the hang of it? When would I start to take life seriously?
For years I didn’t know what I was ‘supposed’ to be. Shouldn’t I be more successful by now? And by whose standards of success? A mature adult — what does that even mean?
But then I realised no-one else had it all together either! So I gave up the quest for ‘mature adulthood’ and decided to enjoy being unashamedly Me!
I’ve spent time getting to know myself. And I really like who I am! And I know not everyone’s going to love me. But that’s cool — as long as I remember to love me!
I can’t be bothered to pretend to be someone I’m not. I’ve never really got that right before. I don’t really know how. So — I’d rather have fun being Me!
I’ve learned that the best way to get over myself is to enjoy myself! Less thinking, less angsting and more enjoying — because who wants to be miserable?!
That’s helped me survive some of the scariest, most challenging times in my life — when I’ve decided to enjoy myself the most that I possibly can — good things always happen!
Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” has been my theme song since it was released way back in 1983. And I did wonder briefly, whether the time had come to choose something ‘more appropriate’.
But then I realised that it doesn’t matter if we’re 15, or 50, or 105 — of course girls just want to have fun! And I don’t intend to stop now!
Below is the complete list of the 50 GlowTips I’ve written to celebrate my 50th Birthday. I hope they’ll inspire you to Rock your Happiness and to Get Your Glow On! (Because, who wants to be miserable?!) xox Bets