**This post is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my own.**
Twenty years ago if you asked me if I wanted to have kids the obnoxiously loud answer would have been **** no! Which is why it’s so crazy to think that now at the age of 45 I’m the mother of two daughters. Having children was something I never set my sights on. I never baby sat kids and the thought of having any meant “there goes all the fun”. Even when my husband and I met I wasn’t thinking about kids either then when I hit 28 the baby bug hit me bad! It was like some sort alien creature entered my body…and the rest is history! haha
Today my daughters are 16 and almost 9. I have no idea where in the heck the time went but I would seriously like for it to slow the heck down. My husband and I always joke about how it was a lot easier having our first daughter because we were younger. That 7 year difference ain’t no joke! We recently started talking about how our oldest daughter is going to be heading off to college soon and that being in our late 40s is so different from how we viewed 40s when it came to our parents and even thinking about our grandparents!
There used to be a time where you worked “for the man”, retired at 65 and then just sat around the house doing nothing. Well times have definitely changed and now I work for a non-profit, blog on the side and my husband is self-employed! Now when I look at getting older I look at the endless possibilities of living life to the fullest and enjoying that time with family and friends.
AARP’s initiative is to disrupt the beliefs that a lot of us have about aging. The mindset should not be about what you haven’t done or what you’re too old to do but encouraging others you to shift your attitude about growing old into a positive one. Had a chat with the hubby about the following questions to see how he feels about how things have changed over the last 16 years as parents. And parenting our 2 girls will keep anyone young! [Read more…]