I mentioned this in a comment in the last post, but not only is a teachable, humble spirit necessary for change and reinvention after 50, but so is self-acceptance.
I could not go forward without reaching a point where I could love myself as I was that minute…at the weight I was…the age…the wrinkles…every over-50 challenge we face. I began to dress with intention the body I had at that time and to take better care of myself and steadily, day by day, my confidence grew. The photo above was taken a few years after I went through the reinvention and laughter became a daily occurrence.
The comments from the Tuesday post were all on my mind Tuesday night when I attended a Hugh Jackman World Tour concert in San Antonio. I did not really know what to expect. A friend had said…I have free tickets. Let’s go to this show! I knew I liked Hugh Jackman, but enjoyed getting to know him better. It was a fabulous, uplighting, joyful experience. He began the show paying tribute to his wife and family in song and video. He honored teachers. He honored those of us over 50…he is 51. And he did an amazing job as he presented song and dance in many entertaining ways.
But the most powerful part of the concert was Keala Settle singing, This Is Me. I remembered her performance from the movie, The Greatest Showman, but this time was brought to tears as I thought…this is the message for the blog audience. This is how to say I love and accept myself. I do not believe in coincidences…so I do believe I was to bring this back to you (even if just for one of you) after our discussion on Tuesday. I hope you enjoy it…and welcome the message of the music…and, as always……………………………..