I chuckle sometimes when I remember the manic behaviors I had as a younger woman. There was such a need to maintain the image of perfection that I was always in a state of anxiety. It takes a lot of energy to try being liked and adored by the billions of people in the world. Midlife gave me the confidence and moxie to venture out on my terms. It allowed me to care more about what I wanted rather than what I thought others wanted. With that came a freedom that was liberating and empowering.
Here are five things I've given myself permission to do in midlife that have enriched each day, allowing me to live more fully: