Taking a Break from Menopause

There are definitely days that I’d like to take a break from The Big M. Even when I’m not particularly hot, sweaty, cranky, or weepy, most of the time it feels like Menopause has taken over my life.

Okay, okay, I know that the goddesses and I chose this path – we wanted to make sure that no other women had to suffer the uncertainty and panic we went through. If nothing else, we wanted our sister goddesses to travel the journeys through menopause, and more important, the second half of life with one another. And we love this job. But there comes a time when a goddess has just got to take a break.

In that spirit, I am declaring a menopause break for the solstice. On June 21, I’m going to forget about hormones, creams, night sweats, mood swings, and brain fog. I’m going to spend the day being young!

Of course, my laugh lines won’t disappear. My age spots and wattle will still be there. My low-flying tatas will still struggle mightily with gravity (and lose) But just for the day, I’m not going to notice them. (Or care if anyone else does.)

I’m a big fan of the best of second childhood; things like openness and wonder, celebration and play, romps and naps. I’m going to start my second childhood on my Menopause Break Day in earnest by doing whatever frivolous things catch my fancy.

I might plunge into Photoshop and play with my photos. I might sit on the porch and read a novel. I might just zone out and watch the points of light on the water. I will most certainly eat chocolate!

Join me! Let’s play hooky from the Big M and celebrate thinking, feeling, and believing young. Pick a day, doesn’t have to be the solstice (because Father’s Day may not be the easiest day to take off). Who knows, our Menopause Break might become a habit. Second childhood is just around the corner, let’s start practicing now!

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4 Responses to Taking a Break from Menopause

  1. Anne Wheeler September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    You go, girl. I find my hot flashes aren’t so frequent or bad lately (had to go off my HRT last summer when I got allergic to the adhesives in every brand of patch). My cymbalta has my mood so very nicely tuned. I will update w/ my lovely days. Menopause is not a disease! I haven’t even bitched anybody out lately. Am ready for some summer heat, also. But Don cautioned me to "be careful what you wish for" (I’ll be wishing for coolness when it’s hot!)

    enjoy you summer solstice day of fun!!


  2. Carol September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    A break? I like it! I think that I’ll officially schedule a day soon…and sitting on the porch reading a book ALL DAY sounds absolutely perfect! Thank you for the "permission", even though I have no idea why we need "permission".

    I also love what you said about having only 2 wardrobes! You nailed it!

  3. Lynette Sheppard September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    Hi Beah,

    Loved the title of your blog – had to go visit it. Now I love the blog itself – thanks for sharing it and thanks for your comment! (I had to comment on the "Ma’am post on your blog because of something that happened just the other day.)

    Stay cool whenever you can – menopause is a weird thing, that’s for sure.

    All my best,


  4. Beah September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    Menopause is on my mind 24/7. Every time I try to string a sentence together, every time I forget something like…where I’m going, what I’m doing, who I’m talking to, every time I’m speaking to someone and I flush and tear up for no reason, every time I try to button the waist on my pants, the list is endless. I love the idea of taking a break for a whole 24 hours. Of course I will probably forget to do it! – Beah – bitterbuthappy.wordpress.com

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