Society, media, cultural norms, and historical perspectives set unrealistic expectations and stereotypes for women in their 40s and 50s.

Ageless beauty. Slim physique. Flawless skin. Toned body. Luscious hair. Perfect balance between motherhood and career. Wear clothes that don’t make you look too old or too young. Hide any signs of menopause. And do not let the gravity affect your butt or bust.

And I probably missed another ten or so that I don’t know about.

These expectations are often further perpetuated by industries that benefit from women feeling insecure about their natural aging process.

While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look or feel a certain way, it should be for personal reasons rather than societal pressures.

-J