Insights from Women Over 50

Like everyone, there are times I think to myself, If only I knew then what I know now... There are, of course, some lessons we have to learn on our own; some things for which the only teacher we'll accept, for whatever reason(s), is personal experience.

But some things, and those things are different for each of us, we just wish someone had told us.

Something about aging as a woman, or what to expect from perimenopause, or something about parenting, or useful career advice, or something about self-acceptance, or a thought about relationships, or what worries turn out to be a complete waste of time and energy, or what preventative steps they'd wish they'd taken, like sunscreen or moisturizer or calcium supplements.

So, to that end, here is a thread for the 50+ women among us to give us their best hard-earned insights.

(Please note the distinction between insight and advice. This isn't about telling younger people how to live their lives, but sharing some of things it took you a long time to learn. Make liberal use of "I" language, and avoid advocacy around potentially triggering subjects like weight loss.)

Tell us the things you wish someone had told you!

For anyone who's curious, I chose the age I did because 50, though still 6 years away, will be my next milestone birthday, and I wanted to learn from this thread, rather than be an advice-giver.

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