YspeopleExplore tab

20 truths about a woman's life after 50


About Min @ Write of the Middle

Mother of three young adults and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, blogger, nature lover, and photography enthusiast.  My blog is about life on the right (write) side of the middle in this journey called life. I'm passionate about encouraging everyone (especially women) to prioritise themselves and look after their health and wellbeing in all ways – spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally; enjoying and sharing photography; and the healing, restorative powers of nature. 'Write of the Middle' explores ways and means to obtain balance of mind, body and spirit.

The pros, the cons and a powerful reminder of why growing older should not be taken for granted.

Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.

The cat's out of the bag!.

The cat's out of the bag!

It is true that it is a privilege to grow older. I’ve no doubt that anyone still here and in good health is incredibly grateful, but truth be told, for 50-plus women it can come with some sucky stuff! 

Let’s be real, the slide into ‘the change of life’ can be tough, and tougher for some.  Don’t despair though, there are some really good things about life after 50 too!

Wee bit of info:  The average age an Australian woman reaches menopause is 52, but it can generally occur anywhere between the ages of 44 and 55, while a lower percentage of women reach menopause prior to the age of 40.

Here’s 20 truths about life after 50 as a woman:

Challenging Stuff

  • You are an unpredictable volcano of emotions. Lucky dip anyone?
  • You can explode with fury over the most infuriating things … like um … well stuff … irritating stuff, OK!
  • You can be wide awake during the nights and sleepy through the days. This sounds slightly vampirish, don’t you think?  And it may explain No. 2!
  • Your midsection increases without any delicious banquets to cause it. It has a mind of its own – it’s freaky!
  • You learn that if you so much as look at food, you gain weight.  Avert the eyes at all costs!
  • None of the usual tricks to lose weight work anymore. Time to think outside the box, or outside the more complex polygon, more like it!
  • You look in the mirror and you see your mother!
  • Instead of wanting your period to come, you want the bastard to piss off and never, ever come again!
  • You become one of those people who gets aches and pains in the hips, knees etc.
  • You prefer that your social activities be during the day, rather than at night.
  • Shoes are chosen for comfort first, vanity second.
  • Your memory and concentration are shot. Where was I again?
  • You have internal thermostat issues.  Is it hot in here?
  • Even with glasses on, you need to ask a person with ‘young eyes’ to read the small print for you.
  • Good Stuff

  • No more school drop-offs or pick-ups. No more packing school lunches, remembering library days, swimming days, or show-and-tell days, and no more having to dress up the kids for Book Week.  No more parent/teacher evenings or speech nights (the exception being for those mums who had kids later in life, of course)!
  • You can have a holiday at any time of year. You are not locked in to school holidays!
  • Else>>>me to yourself.
  • Else>>>eedom to do what you want.
  • You can make your relationship with yourself No. 1.
  • You are still alive!! Yay!!
  • Are you a woman over 50?  Maybe you’re under 50 but there are things in this post that you can relate to?  Are you sailing through change of life or are you one of those doing it tough?  Are you on the other side of the change – tell us what it’s like over there!  What would you add to this list? 

    Banner 1
    | Your rating
    No ratings yet

    Related stories

    The Perfect Mattress Astrology.

    The perfect mattress for your star sign

    Part one in our four-part series on finding the perfect bed by the stars.

    Relationships Beauty Health
    About 19 hours ago
    (Health & Beauty)
    Midlife - we've moved from invisible to full-on.

    Midlifers, we're no longer invisible


    What has happened in the last few years to make the pendulum swing from invisible to full-steam ahead?

    Money Health Ageing
    10 days ago
    (Health & Beauty)
    Get yourself checked out men! (Image: Shutterstock).

    Men and Alzheimer's: what you need to know

    Men are more at risk of undiagnosed Alzheimer's than women, studies show.

    Ageing Health
    About 1 month ago
    (Health & Beauty)
    Values and thinking are so important.

    Why I seek solace in solitude

    I've developed a less-than-typical outlook on life. But here's why that's ok.

    Community Family Ageing Health
    About 1 month ago
    (Health & Beauty)
    Pets have a positive impact on health and well being in retirement.

    How pets are great for over-50s health

    No matter whether you're a dog or a cat person, having a pet can have a positive impact on life in retirement.

    Animals Fitness Health
    About 1 month ago
    (Health & Beauty)
    Euthanasia is my choice and nobody else's.

    I will die with or without your help

    Here's why all the arguments against euthanasia -- both ethical and religious -- are bunkum!

    Social Issues Relationships Health
    About 1 month ago
    (Health & Beauty)
    Think about and share your life motto with us! (Image: Shutterstock).

    Reader mottos to live your life by

    Some words of pure wisdom, straight from the mouths of our YsFriends. 

    Community Kindness
    About 1 month ago
    (Health & Beauty)
    Photo by Rodolfo Sanches Carvalho on Unsplash.

    Here's how to find your happy place

    In such a crazy world, it vital that find your happy place.

    Relationships Ageing Health
    About 1 month ago
    (Health & Beauty)
    Live every day like you mean it .

    About the only thing separating us is luck

    For most of us, a cancer diagnosis is largely luck of the draw -- and a reminder to live fully each day.

    Ageing Fitness Health
    About 1 month ago
    (Health & Beauty)
    Are you thriving or surviving in retirement? Picture: Shutterstock.

    The secret to a happy retirement


    Have you retired intentionally, or been dragged kicking and screaming into it? Here's how to thrive in this new stage in life.

    Money Fitness Health Ageing
    About 1 month ago
    (Health & Beauty)

    Have your say!

    Your Great Australians

    Trending stories
    Marriage is a con, serving no purpose at all.

    Marriage is a symptom of ugliness

    Relationships and love have...

    (Love & Relationships) About 16 hours ago
    She truly does love, honour and obey Jim.

    Jim really does spank his wife often

    Part two in the story of...

    (Love & Relationships) 4 months ago
    Camel milk vanilla slice.

    Camel milk vanilla slice

    A delicious slice created...

    (Epicure) 6 days ago
    I'm dying of laughter!.

    These fabulous puns have groan on me

    Everybody loves a good pun,...

    (Pastimes) 6 days ago
    Do you have a canny tip for saving money.

    Share your money-saving hacks here

    Everyone loves to save a...

    (Money & Business) 1 day ago
    Weekly Poll
    Photographic memories
    It's 35 years since the Ash Wednesday bushfires in South Australia and Victoria claimed 75 lives and more than 2500 buildings.