As Mother Earth moves into this period of renewal and rebirth, now is an excellent time to really enjoy the warmth and light that spring brings. What better time than spring to introduce some new rituals and ignite the senses, an opportunity to re-group and re-prioritize, a perfect time to renew the excitement and zest for life that lives inside and a chance to rejuvenate ourselves and better balance our lives, especially if you are a “women of a certain age”. Being healthy, physically active and socially engaged throughout your life has many benefits, especially as you grow older. Red hatting is a great opportunity for women to get out and enjoy the company of others and is quite rewarding.
The Oxford English Dictionary describes “a certain age” as a time “when one is no longer young, but which politeness forbids to be specified too minutely”. The expression “a certain age” is generally used now (often tongue in cheek) as a euphemism to avoid saying a woman is middle-aged or older. But what is defined as middle-age? Rightfully so, is an individual’s choice to determine that.
Red hatters are referred to as “women of a certain age” and perceptively, find it is a period requiring active coping with multiple changes in which biological, physical and social components are intimately related. As we grow older the comfort and familiarity of friendships become more clearly defined as we go through life transitions — children growing up and away, loss of parents and loved-ones, illness, and more. The forming of friendships is the foundation of being part of a Red hat group resulting in both short and long-term associations.
Red hatting gives women the opportunity to bond with other women while participating in some fun-filled gatherings without any expectation on anyone’s part that you have to embrace everyone, just that you acknowledge your role as a member and work together with others, with the ultimate aim that everyone enjoys their time together during group events.
Just like some quilts are based on traditional designs passed down through generations, some groups chose the conventional path created by others, while other groups follow an eclectic journey thereby creating new and different experiences. There is no right or wrong design, no better or worse way, whatever warms your soul and the souls around you is the blessed path.
Many people fear growing older, and assume that old age is depressing and distressing, characterised by loss and disability, offering little to look forward to. But the reality is that older people are as capable as younger people of enjoying life, taking on challenges, coping with difficulties, engaging in satisfying activities, supporting each other with warmth and good humour, and making a real contribution to their families and communities, using their wealth of knowledge and experience.
Good mental health and emotional well-being is as important in older age as it is at any other time of life and participating in Red hat activities can be great for a women’s well-being. Regularly participating in some “time-out” from your every day routine is a gift to yourself; a promise to honour who you are. It can be likened to inviting some mindfulness into your life with meditation, affirmations, or focusing on positive emotions. By actively participating socially and engaging with others contributes to your overall health and wellbeing by strengthening your sense of belonging and creating social relationships.
Red hatters grab every chance they can to find ways to help raise their spirits, to get through the tough times, to find fun in their lives and keep “old age” and all that it is associated with at bay, and do it with "Hattitude".
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If you are not already a red hatter and this ideal interests you, or you feel it may interest someone you know, you are welcome to email this site for more information about joining the many groups around the country as listed on the “Contacting Groups” page.
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