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Mirror, Mirror on the wall I am the fairest of them all

By Beverly Mahone

When I was in my twenties, I was so busy living for the moment that I never had time to think about tomorrow.  I was in the beginning of what was expected to be a big time television news career.  I had a body that turned heads and a burst of energy for my very active lifestyle.  I was what you would call a Diva.

In my thirties, I started taking life more seriously.  I was focused on a lifetime of happiness with my husband and daughter while working hard to develop my career.  I was determined not to let anything or anyone stand in my way.

Now I'm in my late 40s reflecting on the would've, should've, could've aspects of my life.  What was supposed to be a big time television career resulted in a stressful, dead end job that just paid the bills.  That lifetime of happiness with my husband ended abruptly in divorce court and I spent many frustrating days and nights trying to raise a child by myself.

To top it off, I'm now trying to cope with growing older in a world that caters to the young.  It seems as though middle age sneaked up on me like a thief in the night and with it came changes for which I wasn't prepared.


These days when I look in the mirror, I see a woman I'm not sure I recognize.  She has strands of gray hair and wrinkles in places easily seen.  That drop dead gorgeous body has been replaced with some unattractive bulges and cellulite.  These are just a few of the road signs pointing to my journey into middle age.

Growing older is a trip but not what I'd call a vacation.  I certainly don't have that relaxed feeling you're supposed to get after some hot fun in the sun.  These days I don't need any sun to get hot and I definitely wouldn't classify getting older as fun.

Friends contend you can slow down the aging process but I argue you can't stop it.  So for all you women who think you'll look twenty-five forever, forget it!

All the plastic surgery in the world will not help.  I don't care how many face lifts, botox shots or tummy tucks you receive, at some point in your life you will feel what it's like to grow older.

That's the frame of mind I was in as I started writing.  My book, Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age began as a journal of frustration that turned into a book of celebration.  Throughout the pages I share the discoveries I've made about growing older.  Yes, I'm getting older—-but I'm also getting better.  I've become so much more mature and confident in being who I am.  These days, I'm connected spiritually to a Higher Power that helps me to soar to even greater heights.  

OK, so I've put on a few extra pounds but it doesn't change the person I am on the inside.   I'm fabulous and bodacious, sassy and classy and as my daughter would say, "all that and a bag of chips!"   And guess what else?  I finally figured out the difference between LUST and LOVE.    

Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age is for you if you or someone you know was born between 1946 and 1970.

It's for you if you can't figure out your mother's bizarre behavior or are trying to cope with your own emotional roller coaster.

Are you back on the dating scene after spending years believing you had found Mr. Right?

Do you have teenagers who think they know more than you do?

By no means do I claim to be an expert who has the remedy for what ails your middle age heart, body and soul.  This book traces my personal into a world that is bringing about new challenges and forcing me to deal with my own mortality.

I know I can't turn back the hands of time so I just say WHATEVER!

You may find we have a great deal in common.

Peace & Blessings,

Beverly Mahone 

Author, Whatever! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age

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      Tracey Thorpe wrote Nov 4, 2008
    • omigosh  i turn 50 tomorrow. 30 yrs of raising children. 2 daughters grown and independant and a 17yr old son at home. Thankful to turn 50   thankful to be here in USA and to see a miracle nearly Obama.  But in tune with your comments.

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