Welcome to Old Chicks Know Sh*t. I'm Jennifer.
I, like most women I know, dread the thought of being called old. Not because of my age or how I feel, but because of the rather toxic stigma in our society around aging. Especially as a woman.
Really, is there anything more insulting than being called old? All too often our personal value is rooted in how we look, the shape of our bodies and even our ability to reproduce. As we age and all of this begins to shift it's easy to question our value and where we fit in. Am I too old for X? Will I be taken seriously? Can I still chase my dreams? Is it too late to start over?
I was faced with these questions, and a whole lot more, during my own midlife reinvention at the age of 50 when I found myself divorced, empty-nester, unemployed and bedridden with a serious illness. I know how daunting it can feel when all the messaging in our culture is telling us that we have somehow become a diminished version of our former selves just because we've reached a certain age. Such BS!!! I would argue that we are in fact just coming into the most powerful point in our lives.
Old Chicks Know Sh*t is a tongue in cheek expression to open the door to a serious conversation. It's about reminding ourselves that we are so much more than our age, our faces, and our bodies. We are knowledge, experience, and wisdom. We are not the middle age women of our mothers and grandmothers’ time. We are young, vibrant and energetic with much to offer the world. We are confident and brave with deep self-knowing and authenticity on our side and we are more than capable of bringing to life anything that we can dream.
I hope, through Old Chicks Know Sh*t you will see your own power, wisdom and capability reflected back to you when you need it most. I hope you feel inspired to chase your dreams, defy cultural stereotypes and do things you never thought possible. This is not the end of living but rather, just the end of a chapter, and there are many many more exciting chapters to come.
They may think were old, but we know that we know our sh*t!