I’m having an interesting conversation with a friend about sweating! In case you have spotted my theme for the Write Tribe Festival of Words – it’s all about women and journeying through midlife.  So what’s that got to do with sweating you ask? Ha ha…Now’s a good time for you get this fact – that one of the ‘joys’ of perimenopause and menopause is night sweats. Yes, getting up in a pool of sweat in the middle of the night is kind of not fun! 😉

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I always believe that life has a great way of balancing itself and one of the other gifts of midlife is not taking yourself seriously! You no longer think that the Earth revolves around you – and that every tiny goof up of yours is beamed by satellite to the ‘whole world’. If you are past 40 and still think that, now’s a good time to grow up!

So now you get the sweat connection? We mid-lifers are better equipped not to sweat the small stuff.

Seriously, no one is going to remember if you  go shopping wearing your salwar inside out! I have done that – and the good news is that it didn’t hit the headlines. I don’t think anyone other than I noticed – even my husband didn’t have a clue.

Also, some days a messy house, an unmade bed, and a pile of laundry lying unwashed in the machine is no sign of your incompetence. It just shows that you’re human. Remember that, even if you haven’t reached the ripe old age of 40! 😉

More importantly, I think you learn that you can let go of some relationships and still survive.

You learn that life is too short to keep grudges and that while you may not be able to forget, you somehow find the grace to forgive and move on – if only for your own sanity.

You learn that the world is made up of ‘givers’ and ‘takers’ and you’d best be a giver yourself or be forever doomed to a life of discontent!

You learn to tell the people you love that you love them – because life is shorter now that you are on ‘the other side’

I seriously think that the night sweats are the Universe’s way to thaw you – and make you more pliable, saying: ” Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Cool it.”

Hey, Mr Universe, I hear ya!

Before I close, I must add this lovely piece of advice from George Carlin: Don’t sweat the petty stuff, and don’t pet the sweaty stuff!

PS: Did you spot the word ‘thaw’ in my post? I’m responding to a prompt from the lovely Robyn Greenhouse over at ‘Adventures in Laughter’, who is hosting The Writers’ Post Blog Hop 2014 #5

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