50 is the new 20 – NOT!By Linda Emslie on 9 August 2017
When I was in my early 40s I always had that thought lurking in the back of my head. I guess it was a comfort thing. Fifty is the new twenty. It’s getting close, but I don’t have to worry, because fifty is the new twenty.
And then, when I was in my late 40s I heard a friend of mine refer to herself as a middle-aged woman. That kind of rocked me back on my heels a bit, because I was a couple of years older than her, so if she was middle-aged, then what was I? Oh crap! Middle-aged-ER? No way.
I did not then, and still do not, consider myself middle-aged. That is such a “beige” way of thinking and relegates you to the discard pile. Calling someone middle-aged in our society, is the equivalent of saying you’ve passed you’re used by date. You have no opinions worth noting, your knowledge is out-dated; essentially you’re irrelevant.
So, yes, I’m admitting here that once upon a time I subscribed to the idea that 50 is the new 20.
But then something odd happened. I turned 49, and as that final year of forty-dom flashed by and I got closer and closer to that anniversary the idea of turning 50 transmogrified from something to be downplayed and skipped over to something to be honoured and fully owned.
I am a 50 year old woman and, damn, that is something! In the 50 years on the planet so far, I have met some wonderful people, been to some beautiful places. I’ve fallen in love, and out of it again. Been swept off my feet, and buried in the “depths of despair” (thank you Anne of Green Gables). I’ve also found the love of my life, connected to my life purpose and given birth to 4 incredible daughters who promise to bring such resonance to the symphony of our existence!
And, in all honesty, I have to give credit where credit is due, Dr Christiane Northrup so clearly articulates the mindset shift every woman needs to experience. Menopause, turning 50, 60, or whatever is not your automatic pass to the discard pile. Rather, this is your opportunity to reclaim the power of the Crone, to embrace your wisdom years and embody the Agelessness of the Goddess.
So I am!
There is so much more richness in being a fully embodied Goddess at the age of 50 (and beyond) than I ever experienced in my 20s. I would not swap places – although, if I got the chance, maybe I’d reclaim my 20-year-old knees. ;)
If that doesn’t convince you, here are 3 solid reasons why I am proudly claiming my full complement of 50 years and donning the mantle of Wise Woman.
1. The Wise Woman restores balance
Our society has lost connection with the wisdom of our elders. The focus is on the young and our media and pop culture indoctrinates our younger generations with the mindless consumer greed that fuels the rich and powerful in the Western world. Age and wisdom improves our understanding, changes our perspective and allows us to see through so many of the false premises our modern society is based on. Claiming your place as a Wise Woman is not just necessary for your own sanity and personal fulfilment, it is vital for humanity’s sanity and true potential. Step up, claim your power and help restore some wisdom and sanity to our culture!
2. The Ageless Goddess is needed
Just as wisdom and ageing are reviled in our culture, the deep, mysterious nature of the Divine Feminine is also feared and reviled and has been suppressed for centuries. Not only is our society out of balance, the world’s stores of both the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine energies are depleted. Without dark, there can be no light. Without nurture we have no nourishment. Without Goddess we have no God. Embody the energy of the Ageless Goddess and help the world’s masculine energy rediscover its divinity so that we free ourselves from dominator energy and restore the dynamic Yin-Yang balance of Divine flow.
3. We are the models for the next generation
I want my daughters to be honoured and respected in every stage of their journey on this planet. I want each of our daughters and sons to experience the fullness of their being and to be able to express their inner truth, add their dance of delight to our beautiful plane of existence. To do this, I want the next generation to see us laughing, and dancing, learning, living and experiencing the full depths of our potential for each and every year we have here on the Earth. Show them that there is more to life than being 20 and having a flashy car and the most up to date iGadget-bluetooth-miniphone-consciousness-zapping-techtoy.
By stepping into your wisdom, reclaiming the power of the Wise Woman and embodying Goddess energy until your dying day, you will be doing the most wonderful healing for Planet Earth – and humanity – that you could possibly imagine.