Nothing made this midlife whiskey intern grad and future expat happier than discovering there’s a whiskey distillery in Portugal, a little over an hour by car from my soon-to-be home. But then I found out the town where I’ll be living is one of only three demarcated brandy regions in the world — the others being Cognac and Armagnac in France. Brandy is made by distilling wine, and it’s usually from 70 to 120 proof.
It gets better. I found a brandy distillery only two miles from my new home. Walking distance. I’m already thinking about what shoulder/knee/back-friendly internship possibilities I could propose to that distillery. This video shows how they label their bottles by hand. I’ve done that!
Best yet, I just discovered Pingo Doce, a major grocery store chain in Portugal, offers online shopping and delivers to my new address. And…wait for it…they sell booze. This. Is. Life-changing. I’m moving to Portugal without my car, and my Silver Coast digs are two miles of very steep hills from the closest store. I’ve been looking at electric bikes with powerful mid-drive motors for carrying heavy loads (read: cases of wine) up steep hills. But now I think I’ve found the solution to that challenge. Cheers!
Little discoveries like these are major attitude boosters now. These fun little nuggets of not-important-but-still-good news from Portugal are welcome distractors from not-so-good issues elsewhere. They’re also needed reminders of what I like to call my midlife badassery — the ability we have to make stuff happen, figure things out, and get sh*t done on our own terms.
I believe we all grow into our badassery in midlife, as we become more self-aware and less concerned about what others think of us. Nothing develops badassery like change. The older we get, the more change we experience. Aging is a badassery booster.
Brandy and my beloved whiskey are perfect metaphors for midlife badassification. Aging to our own brand of perfection. Distilling down to our ideal essence. Detecting and appreciating our underlying notes. Taking time to allow our unique flavor profile to gradually open. Knowing when we need to chill…or not. Achieving our desired clarity by filtering out what’s not needed. That’s midlife, baby. Both booze and badassery are better with age.
It’s easy to become disheartened on our journey when unexpected challenges cause excitement and confidence to waver. I wrote here about tackling midlife moods with gratitude. It’s also important to remember to celebrate tiny wins while navigating big changes in midlife. Every micro-step forward is evidence of our finely aged badassery in action.
What about you? What tiny wins are you celebrating? How do you remind yourself of your inner badassery?
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