Before I named this blog “Middle Aged Mama”, I had to check: what’s middle age anyway?!
Good ol’ Wikipedia assured me that “Middle age is the period of age beyond young adulthood but before the onset of old age”. I like to think of it as the prime of life!
Pondering the deep questions … what’s middle age anyway?!
When does Middle Age Begin?
Here are some of the more common thoughts on what is middle age:
- I remember as a young ‘un thinking that it applied to anybody over 30 .
- Of course, if the average lifespan is said to be 70, then that places middle age around 35.
- Most sources seemed to agree that folk in their forties and fifties are “middle aged”.
- When I stumbled on this newspaper article which assured me that 47 is middle age – I took it as a sign, as I had just turned 47 myself!
But when does Middle Age end?
But then I began to panic – when does middle age end? If it was 50, I only had 3 years left to blog as a Middle Aged Mama, and then I’d need to re-brand again (not a process to be entered into lightly, I assure you!).
According to the Collins Dictionary, middle age ends at 60; and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (1994), defined the upper limit as 65.
Great news indeed – because that means I can get at least another 18 years’ value out of my new blog name: Middle Aged Mama!
Now that I’ve answered your questions about what’s middle age anyway, now for the other part of my blog title …
Middle Aged Mama has a lovely ring to it!
And I’m a bit sentimental too, it’s what my daughter 19 likes to call me.
But at the same time I don’t think “mama” is a term that is only applicable to women with children. Yo, mama!
So if you are between 30 and 65, regardless of whether you are married or single, have no children, small children, fur children, or an empty nest, then this blog is for you.
Actually, who cares, I’m happy to have you read it no matter what your age!
Middle Aged Mama – a blog for middle aged women, by a middle aged woman!