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blog posted 2.16.18

Fierce at Midlife

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intense? yes.
ferocious? no.
aggressive? NO.
savage?? what??
vicious? absolutely not.
cutthroat? come on.
competitive? nope.
violent? i’m a grandmother for crying out loud.
destructive? never.
fierce? hmmm …

I’ve been called a lot of things in my 60 years. Some adjectives I’m not so proud of (late, headstrong, stubborn, bossy). And a few I’m damned proud of (creative, kind, scrappy). Last year a brand new adjective entered my universe and had my name attached to it – a word that on its own would NOT be a compliment to me – but with a second word framing it, putting it in context, is one of the biggest compliments of my life.

The word is fierce. I don’t want to be that.
In context: fierce at midlife? Biggest compliment ever.

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