I am a Gen X woman now finding my way through midlife. Fortunately, Gen X has redefined what that means. Here I will share my nostalgia for the past, my experiences in present time and my perspective on it all.
Once upon a time in a memory far, far away I was a school girl. I had my best girl friends and we bickered sometimes but for the most part we all got along. In junior high and high school, girls started forming groups. From then on, I was always a member of a group of four. I had other best friends outside the group who I loved just as much but I was definitely a member of a quartet. The foursome format comes up a lot as art imitates life in television shows such as Girls, Golden Girls and Sex and the City. Interestingly, while the latter two shows kept things light, only briefly touching on any of the girl friends having arguments, HBO’s Girls was a little darker and raw showing a more realistic view into the female world.
Well, we’ve reached 40-something. Did you ever think we would see the day? Generation X is now a nice way of saying someone is middle-aged! Maybe, but we are proving to be quite different than our predecessors. As the generation that brought you alternative rock and alternative lifestyles, we are finding alternative options to growing up and/or growing old.
Originally written November 13, 2017 With Black Friday upon us and the shopping season about to kick off it seems the perfect time to mention my recent 90s fashion inspiration.
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“The west is the best, get here and we’ll do the rest…” ~ The Doors Intro… Originally, I thought I would write a fiction novel loosely based on my life. A midlife memoir if you will. After deleting many drafts of said novel, I decided I was more comfortable with a blog. The blog would contain my actual thoughts on matters of every nature. My hope would be that someone out there would be able to relate to my (sometimes weird) thoughts and it would somehow be comforting to them. Finding out someone else has the same (sometimes weird) thoughts as me always seems to be comforting to me.
So begins the online journey of a midlife woman… In the beginning, life was easy. Very easy. I had two wonderful parents and wanted for nothing. Times were simpler back then. There was no (gasp!) internet, no technology the way we know it today. The needs of my family were less as was the drama that later ensued.
Note: Originally written January 9, 2018 For those of you who don’t ride the Underground in London or haven’t noticed, there’s a really great billboard ad campaign out there right now. (Actually I enjoy quite a few of them but I will stay on topic.) The ad is for Muzmatch, a dating app for single Muslims. Not only are Muslim mothers everywhere rejoicing that their chances for Muslim grand-babies just went up (after all they are only Yentas like their Jewish counterparts, you know, like my mother…), but the ads are humorous and entertaining on an otherwise dull ride. They also depict Muslims in a way that is much more positive than the old stereotypes. Modern-day Muslims are cast in a light that is much more real, much more just like anyone else you see on that morning commute or at work.
Note: Originally written Feb 14, 2018 I’m very much looking forward to Valentine’s Day. The past few years have been, to borrow a phrase from the British, “brilliant.” Yes good old Valentine’s Day in the life of Me has become brilliant. My husband and I have made a tradition of going to a nearby oyster house for £1 oysters and prosecco. Sometimes there are gifts, always there are cards and definitely always there is fun. I’m fairly convinced that Ben and I could find fun and adventure in a rubber room. Not to mention the love and romance in which we celebrate on this day.