Welcome Letter from BA50 Founder Felice Shapiro
Unlike other blogs, posts and on-line magazines, we’re about real women sharing real stories: Talking to each other about shared experiences — not talking AT one another. We are better because we have each other; we are willing to share our experiences, our learnings, our concerns and our musings. Our site is designed to be personal and conversational — all the things you’d confess to a friend over coffee (or wine or chocolate, or…). In other words, being frank, sensitive, and seeing the humor in between the lines (and wrinkles).
We are Betterafter50 because we choose to be. We’re old enough — and wise enough — to approach the challenges and promises of mid-life with positive energy. We are not in la la land here. We get it. From body issues to memory challenges, financial shifts to changing relationships, marriage re-kindlings and dissolvings, from empty beds to empty nests, to dealing with loss and the joy of new beginnings — we know the landscape is vast and the topics ripe for engagement. We also know how much easier it is when we share our thoughts and feelings with other like-minded souls.
And so, here we are with all our glitches and glory.
We invite you to scroll through our site, read what others have to say and to contribute – both in our Forums and through submitted essays (these are vetted, which differentiates us from a blog). You can even sign in anonymously should you want to get into the down and dirty aspects of being a BA50 (yes, we’re talking sex and other bodily functions we thought only happened to “old” people).
BA50 was designed to be personal – to cater to YOU. It only works when you join the conversation. So grab the coffee/wine/chocolate/whatever and chime in. Add to the Forums. Share your latest challenges and achievements. Talk about your career or lack of. Bitch about your ex or your ex’s new (much younger) wife. Dish about sex. Celebrate your kids and grandchildren. Give us insight into coping with aging parents. We want you to be yourself.
Together we are Better After 50.
Who are We?
We are a site about Women inspiring Women
We are Real Women with Real Life Stories
We are Relevant. Our Words Matter.
We are your neighbors, friends and colleagues. We love to travel, read, we enjoy weekends with friends –we’ve noticed changes — in our body — our community — our relationships — and in the world around us. We have entered new territory about aging parents, adult kid issues, and loss. We want to read about it and talk about it.
We are Sophisticated – Engaged – and Smart.
Tick Tock – The Clock – The choices we make matter. We care about what we do with our free time and our work. We are living our life with purpose.
We are Better After 50, and have reached the milestone of 50 years. We feel young but are suddenly taken aback by a somewhat older face glancing back in the mirror. BA50 fears she is moving toward that dreaded place of becoming OLD. She checks out her body to visit the new signs of age – a dark spot on the hand, a new wrinkle above the left brow, a sag to the knees. She knows that we know. She knows that she is at a new place. And it’s all about mindset.
We, at Better After 50, can choose to embrace this place of being on the other side of 50 and open to it.We can chant under our breath, in Sanskrit, in the shower or from the mountain top:
I have lived -Yes, I have learned.
Yes, I have wisdom. I know who I am.
My time is precious.
I care about how I spend my time.
I care about who I spend my time with.
I need to make choices.
My time is limited and I need to do the things that enrich my life.
I am in my prime because I choose to see it that way.
I am strong and smart and capable.
I can teach and share and give
and I will give to those people and places that I choose to give to.
We are Better After 50.