Happy New Year, friends!
This is dedicated to all the women who are on the brink of middle age. All who are looking at their wrinkles in a magnifying mirror. All who are playing around with Botox and filler, trying to hold on to a bit more youth. All who are trying to lose the stubborn ten pounds. All who are always a bit hungry. All who have asked their gynecologist about hormone replacement. All who can still make babies, but really don’t want to. All who are raising their teenage babies are already devastated about the upcoming empty nest. All who are wondering – is this the half-way point? All who are concerned – did I do enough?
Did I achieve enough? Am I doing parenting, marriage, my career right?
This is for all the women whose parents are getting older and whose kids are getting older. This is for all the women whose teenagers are driving now. This is for all of us who are hanging on to friendships for dear life, because we now know how crucial friendships really are, and always have been. This is for all the women who are cherishing their marriages, because after all the years and the battle scars, we managed to stay together, and that’s saying a lot.
This is for all the women who have neck sagging and still get acne. This is for all the women who have grey hair and chin hair. This is for all the women who finally broke down and got glasses. And for all of us who still refuse to. This is for all the women who’ve considered tummy tucks, who have done them, and who don’t need them because they look damn fabulous! This is for all the women who still have a living grandparent. And for all of those who do not.
Happy New Year, girls! I see you. I feel you. The best is yet to come!
Alla Umanskiy is a writer, mother, and wife, living, working, and raising a family in the Atlanta area.