10 great and 10 sh*tty things about middle age

Just when you start getting in the flow and think you’ve got this ‘life’ stuff figured out, things start becoming a shit show.  

You fall apart physically

  1. Your eyelashes disappear / get thinner, aging you by at least ten years
  2. Grey hairs come in in droves
  3. Menopause looms
  4. You creak and crack whenever you move (or pull a muscle putting on a sock)
  5. Two words: muffin top
  6. Wrinkles…deep lines…puffy eyes. All the stuff that makes you scared to look in the mirror every morning.

Then there’s life circumstances:

  1. Aging parents. Family members start dying /getting dementia/ cancer etc.
  2. Empty nest syndrome
  3. Having babies is a young woman’s game. For older women it’s exhausting— plus you have to deal with all the rest of the bullet points.
  4. Harder to change careers or get a new job

No wonder the midlife crisis is a thing. BUT! There’s hope.  Some of the good points are truly priceless, so they balance out the bad.

  1. Hard-earned knowledge. For what you lose in beauty/youth, you make up for in wisdom. (Seriously! Would you *really* want to be 22 again?)
  2. Mo’ money
  3. You’re more confident / secure in who you truly are
  4. It’s much easier to not care about what others think of you (true freedom!)
  5. Day drinking is cool
  6. You’re usually higher up in your career / have lots of expertise
  7. The chance to be a hot cougar!
  8. Empty nesters can travel more and not have to sleep in a hostel or one-star hotel
  9. Wisdom. Ok it’s the same as knowledge but it’s essential. Imagine making the same mistakes you did in your teens or 20s!
  10. You get really clear on your life’s priorities and what’s most important to you. Times a’ wasting, people. You ain’t getting any younger; the time to do reach your goals is now!

What would you add to these lists?

Do you agree that the good outweighs or at least balances out the bad?