Lately I’ve been pondering the question: What do middle aged women worry about?
“They” say that to do well in this blogging game, you should write posts about what keeps your readers up at night.
It’s really got me thinking!
This is the list I have come up with so far:
Middle Aged Men: I couldn’t help sniggering at this one, but it’s true.
If you have a partner, you naturally worry about them and whatever they are currently going through, whether it be a midlife crisis, work, or health problems. And if you don’t have a partner, you may be wondering when and if that “someone special” will come along – or what it you are suddenly back in the dating game?!
Career: Common midlife worries include wondering if being more mature could be a disadvantage in the workplace; or whether a career change is in order, after so many years of the “same old, same old”, or now that the kids are grown.
Health: When I met up with a group of friends recently, we noticed that most of our conversation was devoted to the various health issues we were all experiencing! Ahh, the joys of ageing.
Jokingly we declared that in future we will limit any health talk to the first 10 minutes of any catch up, and that’s it (don’t know if we’ll be able to stick to it though!).
Looks: We live in a culture that idolises youth, so it can be tough to adjust to what we see in the mirror. Do we need to lose weight? Should we colour our hair or go grey? What about botox?! Not to mention the fear of being “mutton dressed as lamb”!
Kids: They might be grown up, and have even flown the nest, but that doesn’t mean we stop worrying about our kids. Are they eating right? Happy at work? Looking after themselves? We worry about their love lives, their finances, and so much more.
Retirement: Personally, I love what I do so much I’m in no rush, but the hubster is keen to retire at age 60. That’s only 12 years away folks! How will we manage financially? Like many middle aged women, my own superannuation is looking pretty sad, as I spent several years raising children away from the paid workforce, and then as a casual employee (with no requirement for super). Thankfully the hubster’s is in a better state, but still …
Parents: It can be hard to watch our parents growing older, and dealing with the numerous health problems which tend to arise. We worry about them, as we begin to realise that they won’t be around forever.
These are the things that keep me up at night (occasionally – I’m usually too tired to fret and worry!). It’s enough to turn your hair grey (if it isn’t already!).
But am I a typical middle aged woman? Have I missed anything?
Can you help me conduct my blog/market research by commenting with your answer to my question: What do middle aged women worry about?