Stories from Our Community
More than storytellers, we are story untellers. Untelling and unraveling the stories that no longer fit, keep us small and take us where we no longer want to go. Telling our stories helps us undo identities that belong to previous versions of ourselves.
We know that midlife is a container for an ocean of information, misinformation, and unmet needs. But, we also know it is something we cannot ignore. So we created this space to learn from one another. We are creating a new kind of inheritance – one we can share together.
If you are interested in contributing to the Forty Fifty storytelling project, please consider sharing your story with us.
In the hush-hush world that is women’s second spring, we whisper in corners about hysterectomies, the ones who got one extolling its virtue.
Coming In – Queer in Midlife
My body was a mystery, a riddle I could never solve. However, now that I have reoriented my sense of identity and feel truly aligned to who I am, I am open to intimacy.
Looking at him, he registered no recognition of me – his wife of 17+ years. I pulled our wedding photo off the shelf and explained I was his wife and everything was okay.
As I was holding my newborn daughter, in my head, I could faintly hear that oncologist from my 20s saying that I'd never be a parent. And there I was.
Melodies of Midlife: Finding Joy Through Music
This act of humility reminds me that we are all on our own journey of self-discovery, especially me.