WELCOME TO MIDLIFE MEMOS
THE SWAMP GODDESS® GUIDE TO MENOPAUSAL MAYHEM AND AGING ANGST
BLOG #8 by Wendy Kyman, Ph.D.
BEFORE EMERGING AS SWAMP GODDESS
Do you have nicknames for your double milestone® persona?
Before emerging as Swamp Goddess, I comically referred to my budding menopausal/midlife self as
'a delicate flower'.
It was my signal to others: either treat me gently or step lightly around me.
I was often heard stating: "I am in no mood for...whatever."
What are you often heard stating?
As menopause intensified, aging progressed and humor subsided, it seemed appropriate to select a new, bolder identity.
I could have continued with the flower theme and called myself 'hot house flower' or 'red hot rose', but those monikers didn't fully capture my hot flash-induced, drenched state of being.
I was so over the whole flower child thing (at last!).
I wanted to more accurately denote this stage of life, mostly because I was not only continuously hot (sizzling), I also was perpetually sweat soaked (embarrassingly).
Plus, some serious real life changes were happening.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
It is difficult to find humor in our discomfort, yet we all know it does help to laugh.
Suggestions for coping with hot flashes, night sweats and other signs of menopausal mayhem and aging angst will be covered in future postings.
What are your double milestone nicknames?
(I hope you will choose Swamp Goddess).
OK, I know you have a list. Who and what made your 'not in the mood' list?
Is the list growing, shrinking?
What criteria do you use to add someone or something to your list?
Is it possible for someone or something to get a reprieve (taken off the list)? How?
NEXT WEEK'S TOPIC
BIRTH OF SWAMP GODDESS
One special sleepless night, about half past my double milestone clock...
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