This Is Me

“I am who I’m meant to be, this is me, look out ’causeĀ here I come and I’m marching on to the beat I drum, I’m not scared to be seen, I make no apologies, this is me…..”

So I finally got to see “The Greatest Showman” this weekend when hubby and I took off for a date night. I’d readĀ theĀ reviews and seen my friends posts and assessments of it, but really, you won’t get it till you go see it.

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The movie is a musical so if that’s not your gig than you might go see Star Wars or a current documentary or something šŸ˜‰

One of the songs called “This Is Me” resonated with me, and I know probably many others. I have a few songs in my arsenal on my ipod that are what I think of as my “fight songs”.

No. I don’t go beat people up.

I mean they are the songs that stir my blood, stir my passion, make me think deeper into myself, make me consider all I’m made of. These songs push me and challenge me in the depths of a hard workout or when I need to remember who I am and all I’m capable of doing.

In an interesting way this ties together quite well for my Monday Musings, a safe place for my otherwise random thoughts to come bouncing out all in one place. This is a rather new thing so if you’ve missed previous weeks, it’s short reading for you but you can find them here….. https://sassyfitnesschick.com/2018/01/22/monday-musings-2/Ā Ā  or here….

https://sassyfitnesschick.com/2018/01/15/monday-musings/

So today’s musings.. this might be a rant….fyi……

IĀ  recently saw (again)Ā another article that was titled something like “ Make up tips for women in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.”Ā  There are other similarly stated articles I’ve seen,Ā just change it up to “fashion” “exercise” or whatever.

All for women in those decades.

Mind you, not that if I did read it I would do what it says #rebel but I’ve just always laughed ’cause it’s like if your out of the 40’s,Ā  older than thatĀ well, you’re just a lost cause. We’ve got nothing to offer you, sorry.

I find it vaguely amusing.

Oh. I should make a disclaimer here to all my guy readers. This post might be more “girly” than what I usually dial up… so if you wanna leave…well I understand. Ā Do they have similar things for men?Ā  Tips, fashion ideas etc for your age group?Ā  Please tell me if they do cause I’m like…curious. I’m pretty sure guys don’t deal with all that stuff, nor do they mostly care.

Some othersĀ that amuse me most circulate through Facebook and it’s all about posting photos of yourself to proclaim your beauty and tagging other beautiful women so they can say the same thing.

Recently there’s been one ( undoubtedly started by an older woman) basically acknowledging all of the glorious beauty of being a 20 something woman,Ā but pointing out being older means we’ve earned wrinkles, givenĀ birth, raisedĀ kids, had years ofĀ no sleep and caffeine deprivationĀ and grey hair and all that crap… meaning like, ya know, Ā we’ve lived life. Then you post a photo and put your age.

It’s like in a backhanded way ofĀ apologizing for not being young. Like really.

I guess because I’m not a follower andĀ “march to the beat I drum” I have no interest in participating in a copy and pasteĀ status Ā someone elseĀ started to justify my age, or worse yet, apologize because I’m not a younger age?

Maybe it’s because if I do a creative photo or one that seems rather striking or fun, I simply share it because it pleases me,Ā If others like it, well that’s cool too. I do it when the mood strikes me. I enjoy being creative, clever and fun.

Maybe because of the age I am, I just feel less and less like I need to apologize for having lived life or that I’m doing life,

No, I’m not 20, 30, or 40 something. I’ve lived all those and done it fairly well. Those years were all good, would I go there again ?

Probably not.

Those years have brought me to where I am today… who have made me who I am. To have lived those years has allowed me to own myself more, to be more confident in who I am, to express myself freely ( in whatever form I choose to) to worry less about others opinions, to live freely and boldly, unapologetically.

I know I will be to strong, to outspoken or bold for some. I will be to energetic and to athletic for others.Ā Some might think I don’t say or do the right thing. Ā IĀ do not follow middle aged rules and that really can trouble some. I will not and have not stayed in “the box” for getting older, and gosh some don’t like it when you don’t play by those rules. I’m far to edgy for others. I don’t have to fit in molds of other women. Ā I can be deep and reflective as easily as I can be cheeky and sassy,Ā  those who choose to really know me, will know that.

And really, it’sĀ all ok… “I make no apologies, this is me..”

I don’t have to be less.Ā  I don’t have to shrink away or be quiet. Ā I don’t have to be “younger” to prove my worth or value or anything else. I don’t have to act like anyone else. Ā I don’t have to do a copy and paste status to justify my age,Ā having laugh lines,Ā or being beautiful.

I don’t need news stories or societyĀ telling me if I’m over a certain age I can’t do something, wear certain clothes or act in certain ways.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned by now at my… advanced age ha… I can do whatever floats my boat.

So that’s where my random musings have been this week. Pondering why there is the ever present need society places onĀ women to justify who we are or where we are in life, or worse yet, apologize because we aren’t younger. prettier, smaller, taller, more educated, more talented,Ā or anything else you wanna add to this list.

If we’re fortunate and blessed we will see many decades and we will become stronger, more confident and powerful in knowing exactly who we are and what we’re about.

My only wish is to age gracefully, to love passionately,Ā to continue to have fun and be energetic, to see the unique beauty of others around me, to embrace all of life,Ā to not be afraid of speaking boldly, and to be unapolegetically myself, laugh lines and all.

My hope is that you too will embrace who you are, where you are right now at this point in timeĀ and live freely in it, man or woman, no apologies.

“I’m not scared to be seen, I make no apologies, this is me…..”

 

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