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Middle Age And Magnificent!
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Middle Age And Magnificent!

Today started out nothing like I’d planned and became a lesson in overcoming (minor) adversity and a celebration of being middle age and magnificent!

I arranged coffee with a couple of great ladies at the local mall and not to be put off by a gas bottle delivery farmed the dog out to the neighbours yard.

All was looking set until my husband announced at 11pm last night that he was working at the airport today conducting a training and would need the car. Hmmm.

I’m an understanding wife and always make allowances for my husband to be at work but I also knew that cancelling a coffee date was not an option.

What to do?!

The only sensible option was to aim for a chic look, with some Capri pants and my new winter cap, and dust off the trusty bike languishing in the garden shed.

Realizing my sunglasses were in the car I grabbed my daughters and found with delight they (kind of) would fit. I was glad that an aside purpose of sunglasses is to travel incognito as they happen to be white with bling and advertise “Bratz” to the world.

Coffee was at stake here and, for that, I will even break a (small) sweat! It didn’t take me long to realize I should have read Lemuel’s articles more closely. I’m a (little) bit out of shape. The ride to the mall is basically a beautiful bike path that meanders along beside the golf course but the pleasure of the moment was somewhat lost on my burning thighs. I contemplated if it really is possible that it’s uphill both ways! I was pushing for time and really giving myself a work out!

Thank goodness my grandmother taught me that ladies in our family don’t ‘sweat’ (we merely perspire), as I would have been feeling a little less than comfortable upon arrival! I wondered if this is what a smoker feels like puffing for breathe on their morning dash to the bathroom!

About halfway along the path I realized I’d neglected to put my bike helmet on in the rush. I became fixated on the fact that half the highway patrol of the area were bound to turn up in the residential sector and book me for this crime against my own brain safety. Is this what they mean when they say that if my head wasn’t screwed on I’d forget it?? My cap was meant to cover the ‘helmet head’ hairstyle I would inevitably arrive at the mall with and now I hoped it looked (at least from a distance) like some stylish new age crash hat!

What a sense of achievement however! With change from half an hour I presented myself with great aplomb for coffee with my friends.

Mental note to self, I’m on a bike and mustn’t buy too much today.

It is worth checking out the ‘Stock Take Clearance’ sale at my favourite department store though. How appealing to take a further 25% off the little red sale sticker! Pretty soon my hand looked like I was heading to put away a weeks worth of ironing rather than heading for the fitting room.

The shop assistant and I agreed that it was great to have reached the age where we’ve found our own pace and our own style. We dressed as it made us happy rather than in what was fashionable or trendy (although I must admit I’ve never been afflicted with this too greatly!).

Having pushed 40 (OK, and a little more) we realized that fashionable wasn’t as important to us as style. We’d also realized that growing older doesn’t mean growing daggier. We wanted clothing that was unique and interesting and respected our bodies for the beautiful place that they were at.

I culled a weeks worth of ironing down to a day’s sample and left the store grinning a mile wide. The shop assistant and I agreed that perhaps I should visit the washroom and try for the layered look to get all my purchases home by wearing them.

“You look great!” the shop assistant in the kitchen store greeted me. (No, for the record, I hadn’t stopped off at the washroom on the way there!)

“Thank you!” I replied. “You know I’ve decided it’s a hat year. Last year I did boots and scarves and this year it’s hats”.

“Well it’s awesome!” And so our conversation continued. We decided it felt great to have pushed 40 behind us.

We had both learned only in recent years to say ‘No’ to commitments and requests that took us from our family and own needs. No more being Mrs. Please-Everybody-And-Save-The-World.

We had grown into our own self and we both felt good in our skin. We had found our own style. I bought a set of saucepans in a brand I’ve been lusting after (OK, the switched on readers are wondering how I fit them on my bike!) and felt terribly extravagant to be further filling my overfull shipping container in light of an international move coming up.

See, that’s rapport, I must add. She talked about me and I bought saucepans!

Honestly, the trip home felt like I coasted all the way! Life was good. The sun was shining. The wind was in my hair (yes, I’m still struggling with the helmet bit but figured I could just maybe outrun the police).

I had been reminded that there is nothing as wonderful as a sense of achievement and a little personal pampering. Making friends and, perhaps, making peace with the space we’re in and who we are at this moment in our world. Oh, and a very large cappuccino with friends to celebrate!


Street Talk

Heather - Miss You and your writing! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Sherry

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Sherry. We did have a nice Xmas. I'm missing my 'old' life and all my friends here a lot too.....

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  about 6 years ago

i like your article

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Geoffrey!

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  about 6 years ago

I love that you found a way to honor a commitment that you made to yourself and found a way to do it -the bike. You could have quite easily used as it as a reason not to and missed out on a wonderful gift to yourself. I agree that living authentically is a gift to be cherished

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you for a supportive comment Gayle!

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  about 7 years ago

Loved th article. It is so important to live in the moment and enjoy the age you are.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you for reading Jack! Living in the moment has been one of life's greatest lessons for me!

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  about 7 years ago

That was such an enjoyable story! You should be very proud of yourself and not be afraid of age! I love your year's trends! :-)

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  about 7 years ago

Maria, I love my age. I'm not sure when I got to that point although it gives me great hope for the future! Thank you for sharing my story. I enjoyed jotting it!

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  about 7 years ago

Lemuel would be proud of you, lol, great read.

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  about 7 years ago

I thought so Shawn... lol

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  about 7 years ago

A good feel article, one that had me feeling better about my short breathlessness when dashing to the bathroom in the morning, because the back had as yet not risen from the bed with me, or for that matter that the legs had as yet not made a connection with the brain, but the prostrate was quickly demanding a short run for a room. (up hill both ways for that matter, not sure how they built the house). The brain demanding tea and a cigarette, the body more rest, the back wanting a massage, and the brain demanding its wishes before all else and respect..... oh hold on you were talking of mild age not old age.... sorry got waylaid there for a moment, you youngster you.... a bike ride I'm sure made the coffee so much better, the shopping the brain, no wonder you arrived home feeling you could outrun the police force, a little excitement and daring can go a long way...

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  about 7 years ago

lol... you're funny Rob! You know when I got there all perspiry (new word!) and puffy I didn't feel like coffee and certainly not eating. See how detrimental exercise can be to your health. It's OK though. I forced myself and overcame the risk of starvation!

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  about 7 years ago

If that's what riding a bike does to you it has just taken a bottom place on my things to do again wish list... I was thinking of buying a bicycle just to have fun on... if it's going to put me off my chocolate, its gone.... if you had to force yourself to have a coffee.... keep off the bike is the best advice I can impart with you... perspiry? new word? is it a Heather special? Ok found it on the Internet, will put it in the memory bank... but then its only women that perspire men sweat....

  
  about 7 years ago

lol.... Rob, you are absolutely right on this. Be suspicious of bikes! What price is fun if it deprives you of pleasure?! It's not just woman who get perspiry... according to my grandmother 'nobody' in that part of our family sweat! I couldn't even bring myself to do it for the sake of an article! I should link this word to my 'princess' article! You are surely hobnobbing with class here Rob!! ;-)

  
  about 7 years ago
Lemuel  

I enjoyed reading your article it's full of humor I couldn't stop smiling until I finished reading. :) I admire your strength having done shopping and rode back home, despite the earlier intense workout on the bike. Having achieved all these things in one day is great adventure.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Lemuel... I do tend to be a drama queen! I can't really say my workout was 'intense'.... but I like the sound of that! I might edit the article to use that word!! lol

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  about 7 years ago

Your article brought a smile to my face. Thanks Heather

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  about 7 years ago

And seeing you here brings a smile to mine! Thanks John.

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  about 7 years ago

I enjoyed the "Bratz" angle!

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  about 7 years ago

Hehe... quite stylish and made me feel like a little girl again!!

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  about 7 years ago
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