Bea Boomer’s Wellness Project – Day 17 – 2/11/15
Today, I’m just going to be myself, Camille – not Bea Boomer.
For many years, I lived with my eyes open only to my weaknesses and what I believed I was constantly doing “wrong.” In high school, I tried to hide – I felt ugly. In young adulthood, I made wrong choices, based on my lack of self-worth. In my thirties, I often felt my daughter and husband would be better off without me.
It wasn’t until I was in my forties that I realized I had to take the steps toward building my self-confidence. My brother died unexpectedly at 50 years old, and I realized how short life was. My life was passing me by, and I wasn’t living the life I wanted to be living! I was afraid, and didn’t think I had what it took to achieve my goals. The first step to change involved taking charge of my inner beliefs.
At the age of 47, when I got a job in a workplace that offered tuition reimbursement. I made a commitment to myself and finally pursued my dream of getting my Bachelor’s degree (many years after getting my Associate’s at a local community college). I graduated with high honors at the age of 50. I felt so accomplished!
Then at work, I became one of the primary members of our workplace wellness committee, and I got the opportunity to write health/wellness email newsletters for the employees. And people liked what I wrote. Then a work friend gave me a magazine article about blogging, and encouraged me to start a blog of my own. It was so cool to be doing something I’ll always be passionate about: writing about health and fitness for women.
These were a couple of the things that made me realize I had something valuable to offer the world. As does every woman I know, and those I don’t know (but who I hope are reading these words). I’ll be 58 soon, and I’ve finally content with myself, flaws and all. I believe that changing my outlook will help me “grow” as I age, rather than just “getting” old.
Vital aging is not only about resilience, as I wrote about on Monday’s post. It’s about discovering the wealth inside yourself. It’s about becoming the self-confident woman you should be, no matter what your age.
For several strategies you can take to build your own self-confidence, see Bea’s Buzz on Friday, February 13th.