In the Fall of My Life

Autumn on the Hudson, Watercolor and Ink 2020

As I enter the fall season of my own life, I have a new appreciation for what it means to be “middle-aged.” I have always loved autumn for its colors (who doesn’t right?). Though I will admit I really do miss the unmatched autumn landscape of the Northeast where I grew up. The Midwest is awesome for so many reasons … but it surely cannot beat an autumn Connecticut countryside.

My new appreciation — realization is probably a better word — is a little more personal then just the color (oh, and smell!) of autumn leaves. At 54 years old, I am comfortably in the I am in the fall of my life. And what I am discovering that means is that it is my time to show of my own beautiful colors that have been waiting under the surface for the fall of my life to come. As I review my life these past 10 years or so, I can honestly say that is what exactly what I have been so blessed to be able to do. First with a return to fitness and bike riding in my 40s, then becoming a certified kettlebell instructor at age 47, then opening and running my own fitness studio for 6 years. That journey in Strength felt completely right at the time, but I admit when I look back on it, I am like “what were you thinking?” Kettlebell instructor was never something I had planned. But that was just the beginning of the turning of the leaves.

Because it is really the return to my true passion for art and creativity that is stealing the show. I cannot believe how much my life has changed in the last 3-4 years. I cannot believe that I really am an artist, and have people that want to purchase my art! And then, becoming part owner of an art gallery … my goodness, fall has arrived in all its glory. Time for this middle aged woman to shine!

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Eileen Backman
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