The Swim To My 50s – Just Lettin’ It All Hang Out

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She’s mighty mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out.  

That’s me, at least the letting it all hang out part. I didn’t necessarily choose to let it all hang out, it just – happened.  Particularly, around my mid section.  But in defense of my mid section, it’s been through hell!  I think the next 1/2 century of my life will be kinder to my body which is something to look forward to {yay!}.  

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I used to think that being called a Brick House was the ultimate compliment.  After all, one of my all time favorite songs by The Commodores, claims that she, The Brick House, is a ’36 (Bust), ’24 (Waist), ’36 (Hips) = a winning hand!  And, that she makes an ‘older man, wish for younger days’.   Who wouldn’t want to be called a Brick House?  But now, at the tender age of 49.7, if someone were to refer to me as a Brick House {not that they’re lining up or anything }, I would still consider it a compliment – but for different reasons.  None of which have anything to do with my winning bust, waist or hips but rather, because of what a Brick House signifies.  

A Brick House is a strong, stable, sturdy and structurally solid building.  It can withstand the harshest of conditions including hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards.  Most importantly, it is resistant to any ‘big-bad wolf’huffing and puffing and trying to blow the house down.

I think many of us women (and men) fit this description of a Brick House.  We are often called upon to shield our loved ones in this way.  We stand strong and firm against anything or anyone who puts our families in danger.  We try to block the stormy outside forces from penetrating inside our walls.  And we protect our families against the packs of ‘big-bad wolves’ that linger outside our homes waiting to attack.  

Not to say that we don’t have days when we feel more like we are made out of cobwebs!  When we feel flimsy, vulnerable, exposed, confused and tangled up in the web of life.  But in the end,  this just makes us stronger bricks and more ‘like an amazon’.

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So, go ahead.  Click on my About link above my blog and listen to the song, dance ’till you drop and keep your head up high knowing that you are mighty mighty and a definite winning hand!

11 thoughts on “The Swim To My 50s – Just Lettin’ It All Hang Out

  1. Love it! Hey I am going to join in “She’s a Brick House” dance. Although my knees are having a flashback to the 80’s when I dropped to the floor in 4 inch heels while dancing to this!
    Such a great outlook on life. Thanks for bringing it to the party!

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  2. Dive in! Your fifties will be great. I can tell just from how your write. “Ain’t holdin’ nothing back.” You got the magic. So where in the heck did they get 36-24-36 hooked up with brick house? OK, I know. “Stacked.” Ha ha. I like your solid, can’t blow it down house better. That’s what a brick house is, steady in a high wind. Not curvy. Square. Or at least rectangular. Hope you find a cold, blue lake to make your 50-year swim.

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