Virtually all human beings have heard the phrase “50 is the new 40” or “40 is the new 25,” and virtually all human beings immediately laugh afterward because—although somewhat relieving to hear—these phrases really can’t be true. However, thinking about the ages from 40 to 50 as being extremely enjoyable in and of themselves is worth some careful thought and consideration. More specifically, individuals who fall into the age group can simply live a lifestyle that is entirely different and separate from the lifestyles of 25 year old’s—but they can still feel just as happy and successful. For example, Polly Kemp of Somerset is 51 years old, but she’s also fit, a yoga teacher, a fashion-lover, a traveller, and a social media advocate. Oh—and she also has three children.
Kemp has said, “When I hear the term ‘middle-aged’ I have to stop and think, ‘this meant to be me?’ I don’t polish silver or plan menus, and I’m not interested in housework. I am also spontaneous and I don’t think that’s a quality traditionally associated with middle age.” What’s more, Kemp is not the only woman in her situation (and age group) who feels this way; many middle-aged women say that they don’t necessarily “feel young anymore”—but they still feel 100% comfortable within their own skin.
As per a Telegraph survey, 96% of 40-year-old or older women do not “feel” middle-aged at all. Moreover, a SuperHuman study reveals that approximately 80% of middle-aged women feel as though assumptions regarding middle-aged women are just plain wrong; about 66% of them claimed to be experiencing the best times of their lives. Please read some of the answers to the survey questions below for even greater insight on these topics:
#1: Middle-aged women respect and value themselves, and they are well aware of all the significant and tangible achievements which they continue to make on a regular basis.
#2: 40 to 50 year old women are spontaneous and capable of taking smart risks. Approximately 60% of participants in the study said that embracing challenges was vital, and about 80% said that new experiences are crucial in general.
#3: Most middle-aged women take care of their bodies, which means exercising on a regular basis and eating a fairly healthy diet.
#4: 40 to 50 year old women have more self-confidence than women in many other age groups. They tend to be happy with their physical appearance and with their mental and emotional capabilities.
Fascinatingly, a new word which is sometimes utilized to describe these types of women is “perennials,” as coined by Gina Pell: “Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers.”
You may never look at 40 to 50 year old women the same way again—and you probably shouldn’t.
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