Creativity Blooms During and After Menopause

Hello Dahlia © lynette sheppard

Hello Dahlia © lynette sheppard

Myriad difficulties and symptoms arise during the menopause transition. And if you are searching for help or remedies, just put your symptom or need into our search box. After almost 15 years of Menopause Goddess Blog posting, you’re sure to find lots of information. Much of it is condensed in our book, Becoming a Menopause Goddess.

Now into Second Adulthood, I am finding so many women also interested in the positive changes. Once we stop flashing every few minutes and our moods stabilize, we ask ourselves “what next?” What next turns out to be a plethora of welcome changes. Who knew?

One of the most exciting of these changes occurs when our creativity gets its own power surge. We tap heretofore unknown wellsprings of creative juice. We overflow with inspiration and we aren’t afraid to fail. The “not afraid to fail” may be the most important piece. After all, the creativity police won’t come and take us away if we suck at something. And I can attest that if you find something you enjoy and stick with it, eventually you won’t suck.

But it really matters not if we are “good” at what we choose as our creative outlet. It’s important that we jump in with both feet, both arms, and a whole heart. We need it because it nourishes us. Right now, I am blessed to be part of a photography seminar here on Moloka`i. And yes, there are a lot of women (and men) celebrating Second Adulthood.

So dance, draw, paint, photograph, knit, write. Don’t wait – the house doesn’t need to be cleaner, dinner can be eggs, and the laundry will rest in the hamper another day. As poet Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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8 Responses to Creativity Blooms During and After Menopause

  1. Lynette November 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Test

  2. Jason November 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Lynette,

    Thanks for sharing this insight into life after menopause. I’ve seen this sense of confidence – creativity, inspiration and lack of fear of failure – from many other women in their latter half of life.

    My question to you:

    How do we help empower women earlier in life to be have this creativity and confidence – when they are facing peri menopause and all that goes along with it?

  3. LynetteSh November 14, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    Hmmm, really good question, Jason. Certainly we elder women can tell our daughters what we wish we’d known earlier in our lives so that they might avail themselves of this empowerment earlier than we did. (We did write a whole chapter on What We Wish We’d Known Sooner in our book “Becoming A Menopause Goddess”. Perhaps it is time for a post directed to our daughters. Thanks for thinking of it.

  4. Cathie Haynes November 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    The most recent post is an awesome reminder to ALL of us that we are growing older and have yet to tap into our wellspring of our BEingness.
    And that starting is the most important step, not the perfection (spoken by a One).Thank you, Lynette.

  5. Marjorie Rose Mueller November 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    who out there can identify with me?
    I need to be with women who know how i feel.

  6. Maegan Jones November 18, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    Hi Lynette,

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    Every year we take a look at the top health blogs to honor & recognize them. This year things may look a little different, as we’ve updated the contest and taken strides to make sure everything runs smoothly & everyone has a good time voting for their favorites!

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    Once voting begins, we’ll send you a reminder email so you can share with your followers. Remember, the blog with the most votes will receive a $1000 cash prize!

    Let me know if you have any questions.

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  7. LynetteSh November 21, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    Thanks so much, Maegan!

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