The way you think about celebration and identify what is celebration-worthy is subjective. It’s up to you.
Something weird can happen in midlife though, especially after 50.
Fewer things can seem celebration worthy, for one reason or another.
So…we celebrate less.
I think that’s sad.
I mean, really, being a woman 50 plus isn’t the end of the world! But if you’re not careful, it’s easy to start thinking that it is and opportunties to celebrate just don’t seem like a priority.
Let’s take a look at the definition of the word celebration:
“Celebration is the action of marking one’s pleasure at an important event or occasion by engaging in enjoyable, typically social, activity.” (from the internet dictionary, Your Dictionary)
What’s really clear about this definition is that celebration is intentional.
You’re basically identifying something meaningful on purpose in a fun way.
When you boil celebration down like this to its essence, it begs the question….why wouldn’t you want to celebrate?
Celebration seems like such a great, feel-good idea, so what’s the problem?
Think about your own celebration habits.
When have you decided NOT to bother celebrating?
Did you feel too busy?
Did it feel like too much trouble?
Were you afraid of what someone would think?
Did it feel too indulgent?
Did it not even occur to you?
Did it seem too silly or over the top?
Did it feel too indulgent?
Did you think that you’re too old to do something like that?
Does it feel “extra?”
These thoughts and feelings are common. Do you relate?
Noticing and deciding to kick things up a notch and intentionally make something “celebration-worthy” doesn’t happen by accident.
Where are you with your celebration meter?
You can tell by looking at your own tendencies. And if you’re not the celebrating type, there’s a reason.
It’s your thinking.
What you believe about acknowledging and marking events and special moments in your life can bring you up or down.
Does celebrating have value to you? Or not?
It’s totally personal. But it’s a great area of your life to consider when you’re in midlife and you want to be intentional about regret-proofing your life.
It’s one of those areas that can be on autopilot.
Please take this virtual flashlight to explore your thoughts.
You can take the time to be curious about what you want.
You can learn to be more intentional about how you incorporate more celebration into your life, your family, your events and in your everyday moments.
The key is increased awareness; this is a skill you can foster.
The bottom line is, if you want to have more fun and mark more special moments in your life with that extra celebratory something in midlife, you can!
Are you feeling stuck?
If you’re thinking, there’s got to be more out there for me, or wondering, why can’t i figure out what I want and just get unstuck already, don’t worry because you’re not alone!
Or if you’re asking yourself, how can i have more fun when turning 50 or that being over 50 is such a bummer….again, it’s ok!
This powerful little book, 50 Ways to Celebrate Life After 50: Get Unstuck, Avoid Regrets and Live your Best Life, will help you change the way you think about midlife.
Each short chapter is filled with upbeat, encouraging midlife goodness.
No matter what’s going on in your life, you can usually find a way to turn up your creative volume and celebrate a little bit more.
Inside you’ll learn:
- 6 different areas of your life that are important to celebrate;
- Why midlife is the perfect time to invite more celebration in to your life;
- And 50 powerful and easy ways to celebrate your life after 50.
There are also 30 journal prompts and room for you to jot down your thoughts and reflections so that you push yourself to understand your mindset about this time in your life.
Celebrating more like this helps you get unstuck, avoid regrets and embrace what’s truly possible at any age!
Here’s how to buy the book, 50 Ways to celebrate life after 50! It’s available now as an ebook, paperback or hardback at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, or as a PDF. It’s also available in Canada at Amazon.ca and ChaptersIndigo. Enjoy and learn to celebrate more now – you can do it and have fun while you’re at it! And…If you or someone you know has a 50th birthday coming up or needs support dealing with her empty nest, it makes a great gift!