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Defying Ageism and Embracing Self-Love
Dive into the transformative power of embracing your age, redefining beauty standards, and encouraging authenticity, diversity, and self-love.
Aging – we all get old, but why has it become such a tiring quest for us to defy the signs of advancing age at literally any cost?
In today’s world, the media bombards us with messages that promote a narrow, youthful ideal of beauty, leaving older women feeling invisible and marginalized. The negative stigma attached to aging can often make us feel ashamed of our bodies and our natural aging process.
Let’s get honest. Older women are rarely celebrated, unless you’re Helen Mirren or Judy Dench of course. The life experience we gain, our wisdom, and our eldership are not revered anymore and like some unwritten rule, we’re meant to be quiet and fade into the background without a fuss. Throughout the ages, we were labelled hags and crones – even the term ‘old women’ can almost feel like an insult to some and has us running for the cosmetics counter.
Make no mistake, aging isn’t for the faint-hearted. As a ‘woman of a certain’ age myself, a year shy of turning fifty, I am not immune to my body surrendering and I do curse when I turn shades of crimson during yet another hot menopausal flash, drenched in sweat at 2am. My ‘Eureka’ moment came one summer morning when I noticed that the waffle weave pattern imprinted on my thighs by my bathrobe was still there an hour later.
I belly laughed out loud and I realised that there isn’t much I can do about it. I made the conscious decision to reframe my own narrative around my age and just go with it. Yep. I learned to embrace it and love myself hard each day. You can change your frame of mind. Simple? No, but so worth it.
Transitioning into menopause, flashes, and other choice symptoms aside, aging gives you freedom. You are more grounded in who you are, you have more time to yourself as kids get older or have left home and you’re not at the whim of the hormonal cycles during your childbearing years. See this time as a sacred rite of passage. A time to challenge yourself to only do what you really want and feel good in your body. Have the courage to let the rest peel away. Stop ‘should-ing’ on yourself. It’s liberating, I promise.
Have you been hiding as you got older? Suppressing or denying yourself joy and pleasure? It’s time to challenge your status quo, red
efine yourself, and your beauty, and break free from the shackles, self-imposed or otherwise. I want you to give yourself permission to become fully embodied, oozing sensuality like warm caramel, oh-so confident, flirting with life, and giving zero cahoots of what anyone says about your aging glory.
Five empowering tips to help you break free and embrace your journey of liberation
1. Embrace Your Journey: Unleash the Power of Your Story
Every line, every wrinkle, every moment lived is a testament to your strength and resilience. Embrace your journey unapologetically. Let the world bear witness to the incredible story etched on your face. Your experiences have shaped you into the remarkable woman you are today. Own it. Flaunt it. Inspire others with your unwavering authenticity.
2. Radiate Self-Love: Illuminate Your Inner Spark
In a world that constantly tells you to erase the signs of time, defy the noise, and cultivate radical self-love. Nourish your soul with acts of kindness, bathe in self-care rituals, and wrap yourself in affirmations that celebrate your unique beauty. Remember, your worth transcends societal expectations. Let your confidence ignite a fire within others to embrace their own undeniable brilliance.
3. Rewrite the Rules: Shatter Glass Ceilings
Society may try to confine you to its standards, but you have the power to rewrite the rules. Break free from the suffocating grip of ageism by smashing through its glass ceiling. Pursue your passions relentlessly, chase dreams that set your soul ablaze. Defy anyone who dares to question your abilities. With every step and every achievement, you redefine what it means to be a woman of substance and strength.
4. Embrace Sisterhood: Unleash the Power of Connection
United we stand, divided we fall. Embrace the collective power of women across generations. Forge deep bonds, celebrate each other’s victories, and hold one another up when the world tries to tear us down. Share your wisdom, listen to the stories of others, and let the interweaving tapestry of our experiences create a force that can move mountains. In sisterhood, we find strength, resilience, and the courage to rewrite history.
5. Be a Trailblazer: Champion Change, Ignite a Revolution
You are a catalyst for change. Take up fierce leadership and become a voice of empowerment. Speak out and challenge societal norms, dismantle stereotypes, and ignite a revolution of inclusivity and respect. Your actions today pave the way for future generations. Let’s leave no doubt that age is merely a number.
Here’s to silver-haired women everywhere!
We are a force to be reckoned with, women of resilience, beauty, and boundless strength. Our age is a testament to our journey. Let’s be beacons of empowerment and agents of transformation with a glow that radiates from deep within. Wrinkles and all.
About the Author
Professional Title: Feminine Mindset Coach & Mentor
Bio: Tina K Kailea is an unapologetic wild woman, author, speaker, and possibility agent. She is an embodiment coach, a rebel, and fiercely devoted to helping female leaders break up with limiting beliefs, reclaim their voice and ditch their not-good-enoughness. She is the founder and CEO of The Femmepreneur Pathfinder and she’s on a mission to inspire women to sign their own permission slips. To ask for what they truly desire, say NO with confidence, and embrace putting themselves first without feeling guilty.
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