It is completely understandable that your sense of self feels to be on shaky ground. In psychological terms your self-concept is re-forming as you adapt to and make peace with the changes mid-life brings.
I completely understand how you’re feeling…
At 52 peri-menopause started to seep into my life, and at first I did my utmost to just ignore it. My logic being: if I didn’t address menopause then I couldn’t be in it, right?!
It took a day-long menopause yoga workshop with a small group of fellow mid-life women to start to accept the changes AND do so on my own terms.
There is nothing “inevitable” about how you feel about this stage of life, and as always, there is room for nuance, embracing the challenges as well as the relief (and excitement) that you can create your own way going forward.
And you always have choices and options.
What if you could get back to being that badass and renegade human?
What if you could find a sense of genuine groundedness and self-acceptance?