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A Hula Hoop Room– one of seven reasons why life is still great (despite my advancing years)

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Sometimes as I peer through the haze of the meno-brain fog (which really should have gone now that I’m well over the hump in the road that is the menopause) it’s easier see what has gone (youth, short term memory, knees…) and what might be ahead (boobs on knees, dribble, Velcro shoes) than what there is in the here and now and is worth being thankful for. Here are seven reasons why my Iife is still (mostly) brilliant.

1 Marbles – there is a hole in the bag but I still seem to have most of them.  I’m still working, studying, reading and writing -even if I now do some of those things with my tongue out.

2  Body parts – I still have them all and they are all still roughly where they were when I was twenty.

3 Teeth – mostly as above and thanks to 21st dentistry, much neater than when I was a teenager.

4  My house – I long to move to the countryside but my lottery numbers refuse to show up every week and my builder husband has been fitting a kitchen for seven years.  The house is also part-owned by the mortgage company but it’s a home and the spare room is now a hula hoop room because inside I’m six.

5 A hula hoop room. The spare bed has gone and the hoops have moved in. You’re never too old to still be childish.  I bought a hula hoop  at the age of 56 and now teach fitness classes using a hula hoop. It’s the most fun you can have whilst exercising.

6 Family.  They are all amazing and haven’t said it’s ridiculous for a woman of my age to have a hula hoop room and own so many hula hoops. Well, they haven’t said it to my face…

7  Not giving a F I don’t give a fiddlers what people think, all that young person’s angst about wearing the right clothes, saying the right thing, doing the right thing – all gone. There wasn’t much to start with but now it has well and truly left the room.

What do you like a being and older and possibly wiser person?

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Inside I’m six


Carole Ludlow

I was terrified of going through the menopause and whilst I glided through relatively unscathed, I didn't entirely escape its attempts to knock me down I firmly believe there is a positive side the menopause and to being an older woman in the 21st century. In my fifties I trained as a fitness instructor, which I did as a side hustle to my regular job of a college librarian. I also took up belly dancing and danced on stage in a city theatre and created my own fitness classes with hula hoops. Last year at the age of 61 I ditched the library job and now buy and sell vintage jewellery, run fitness classes and work part time from home in a customer services role. It ain't over till its over.

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