Aging Mellow
   So, if wines do it...

Why not aging women, as wellwomen like us, who both see and feel the passage of time. Because, when we migrate (intentionally or not) toward a mellow state, we may find ourselves gradually shaking free of whatever aging "blues" we're experiencing. 

For example, perhaps we begin such a "migration" by adopting, revisiting, or applying more energy toward a particular mission or purpose: helping others, securing our finances, tackling a compelling goal or dream, etc. As we pursue these activities, our lives often become more interesting and fulfilling...and possibly more entertaining, as well.

Maybe we also take a hard look at the level of exploration, adventure, creativity, and just plain fun in our lives. As those four elements tend to wander when we're busy, stressed, preoccupied, terminally bored, dueling with the Fates, etc., some oversight and/or direct measures may help us keep the puppies closer to home or reel them back when they do stray.

   A Few "Direct Measures" to Consider...

During challenging and/or tedious times, many find it helpful to talk with people who understand how to listen. For example, conversations with a sensitive friend/family member or a therapist, clergy person, coach, etc., can sometimes yield surprising benefits.

Another possibility? Life-tweaks, which could include even very simple adjustments
to enhance and/or lure back joie de vivre or sort out an issue that may be troubling you. A single step, even just one, can often start the ball rolling, whatever the nature and scope of the "tweak" you're undertaking.

Here's another: Could you be harboring a long-held wish or goala personal path/hill awaiting your metaphorical boots? If yes, perhaps you and those boots might decide to embark upon any of the four possibilities below:

* Getting very, very clear about what YOU genuinely want for yourself, or possibly really need to do
* Laying out a plausible course of action to attain/accomplish that thing
* Taking a single step toward the goal(s), and then moving ahead and hanging in
* Doing your best to stay out of the Boxes as you go


Alas, yes. In a nutshell, those would be attitudes, beliefs, habits, etc., that hinder our progress and/or lessen our enjoyment of life. Such "boxes" tend to lean in obnoxiously during the autumn (i.e., aging) years.

For example, the don't-get-old box can assault midlife and senior women in remarkably tiresome ways.
Another candidate for rotten eggs? Procrastination, the do-it-later box, which deflects us from pursuing the things we want. It can also block us from things we may Really need to take care of and perhaps also feel guilty about not having done before now. (Guess how I know this.)

As dampening to the spirit can be the maybe-losing-it box, the too-late/old boxes, the don't/can't/shouldn't do it (the DDIs) boxes, and the maybe I'll need/want this later (clutter) boxto name but a few of the usual suspects.

           Click on any live link below for discussions about these and other bandits.

                                Acing the Aging Gig

Whether or not the box analogy works for you doesn't really matter (IMHO). But the behavioral/thought patterns such "boxes" represent might sometimes hinder you unnecessarily and possibly also more than you realize. Plus, they can sure trash "mellow."

Something else to (please, please) consider is that today's world SO needs your experience, wisdom, and good humor. Although we could certainly argue that you do not "owe" those qualities to the world, what a gift they can be if they accompany you wherever you areat home or out and about. And as those gifts enrich whomever they touch, may they enrich you as well in the giving!

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