What are we doing here? It’s a question that has been popping up more and more in my life and in conversations with friends. Maybe it has for you, too?
For women of a certain age (AKA Women of a Powerful Age), the question lurks on the fringes, awakens us in the middle of the night, captures us as we plug along in traffic. Why am I here and what do I want to do with this very powerful part of my life? My older years, my over 50 years, my golden, senior, elder, crone, call-it-what-you-will years.
These are Powerful years. Yes, I use that word purposefully: Powerful. For women over fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty and even ninety, there is power in our lives. We’re making conscious choices about what we want in our lives and what we do not any longer accept.
We’ve passed a marker in our lives from when society could tell us to jump and we jumped. To wear high heels and we did. To wear black in the winter and white in the summer, and we did. We’ve become ourselves whether we’ve noticed or not. We’ve thrown off the shackles that held us to standards we did not create.
So, we gather here to exchange ideas on life during the power years, on creating our lives the way we want our lives to be.
And so, I’ve built this ‘house’ on the web as a place for us to come together and do what we do: share our ideas, explore new ideas, create our lives, day by day, idea by idea, step by step.
About Your Women of a Powerful Age Host
I’ve come to this place from a journey of my own. It started with a few random words from my sister about ‘creating my life’ after I went hysterical from a note on a medical form: ‘advanced age’. I started to shudder inside (while smiling outside) at ‘over the hill’ birthday cards (no one wants to look like they have no sense of humor, right?).
But mostly, I found a fork in the road that our culture paves for us, that road of reduced expectations and quiet ebbing of activity. The fork I found promised a different future, one of building and learning and growing, one fueled by yoga philosophy and long afternoon conversations with friends and with that awesome sister of mine.
This fork in the road reveals endless possibilities, as different for each of us as we are different from each other. And yet there is that thread of similarity: we all travel this path.
And it is a journey of Power if we allow it to be.
With high expectations, your host,
Judith (Jude) Harlan