Let me start by saying I know plenty of young females in their 20’s who forget a child’s dentist appointment, or cupcakes for a school party, or even that they have something cooking in the oven. And it’s only the burning smell that reminds them they forgot to take dinner out on time. In fact, it makes me feel better – more normal – when I hear of the “younger generation” struggling with their forgetfulness.
But it’s not so funny when you reach a certain age…ahem, let’s say your 40’s or 50’s and you start forgetting or misplacing things. In fact ladies, what is typically the first thing that enters your mind? Perhaps the dreaded words like “menopause,” or even “half-heimers”. Come on, we’ve all used the terms to excuse our lack of…..full attention to details!
We do tend to be more forgiving of the younger female who experiences mental-blocks from time to time, but we think something is down-right wrong when us more, let’s just say “experienced gals” slip up every now and then.
But I would dare to argue that our age has nothing to do with it. Well, in most cases anyways. The stresses and commitments in our lives force us to keep the plates spinning so that it doesn’t matter what age you are, sometimes the plates are going to fall. Or for reasons that no one can explain, get misplaced.
Now I know that peri-menopause and menopause can bring on some interesting physical, mental and emotional symptoms – that goes without saying – but I want to give you permission to cut yourself some slack today and realize that it could just be the stresses in your life that are causing you to be more forgetful.
So pause, take a breathier – in what ever way that means to you – and attack things one stressor at a time.
But getting things off of your plate will help you to think more clearly and feel more in charge of your busy, busy life.
I think Will Rogers said it best:
“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”
Go on, read it again. It’s so very true, isn’t it! May you find some peace today!