I knew very little about the menopausal years until I reached the “age of accountability!” Why? I think the reason was that in the years leading up to menopause a woman is so very busy that she never really thinks about menopause and what will take place in her mind and with her body during those years. Or maybe it’s like just about every other season of life. It pounces on you with little warning and then you must figure it out.
I have a friend who is just starting menopause. She had always been a good sleeper and all of the sudden, she is not only having trouble falling asleep, but she is wide awake most of the night. With no warning her body is achy and sore all the time. She texted me yesterday saying, “it’s official, blood work came back and I am menopausal.” I said, “welcome aboard and don’t worry, you have friends.”
One of the things I love about our blog is that we are women of different generations writing to women of all generations and women welcome direction. We find joy in helping another woman go through something we have been through and are more than willing to “give what we have!”
I have always been a “list person” but during these years I find I need to write a note telling me where I put my list. Last night I made a list of what I needed to do the next day. Morning came and after I had had my tea, I went to check my list but I could not find the list. After thinking hard, I remembered I had written the list on the back of a piece of paper. Then I remembered I had cleaned up that paper, tore it into pieces forgetting that the list was on the back of the paper. Then I remembered I had thrown those papers in the garbage can. So I rooted through the garbage, found the torn papers, found my two pieces that went together and was able to go on with my day! Oh, the mystery!
Yes, menopause is a mystery game every day! How many times I set my tea cup down and then have to go searching for where I placed it. Once I find the tea, it may be cold. I warm it up in the microwave. Hours later my husband, Randy will say, “honey you left your tea in the microwave again.”
I find it best just to accept this season and laugh my way through because laughter truly is the best medicine for all the seasons of a woman’s life!
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