A very wise therapist once made a sweeping comment to me about women that I've depended on for years. She said, based on her decades of professional experience, that there is a pattern:
* Women in their 30s are always searching for who they are but don't have time to figure it out.
* Women in their 40s realize how important it is to be comfortable in their own skin, and start trying to be.
* Women in their 50s tend to find peace -- or something like it and finally relax and accept themselves.
Of course, you can't put an entire gender into little categories, but this formula does ring true for many women. And isn't it great? Women are so interesting! And women in Western New York are a special breed. We are tough -- and we have wonderful lessons and wisdom to share.
That's why we are putting out a call to area women of all ages to get writing -- for us. Starting March 20, we hope to feature your essays on the cover of the Life & Arts section. Send us between 600 and 700 words on any topic that can complete the thought: "What I Have Learned."
Yes, it's open-ended, even ambitious, in scope. But we want to know what you're thinking, what you're learning, what you're doing and how you're doing it.
Send no more than 700 words to email@example.com and include your name, e-mail and phone number. We will not publish anything that seems promotional or from anyone we cannot reach by phone or e-mail.
-- Elizabeth Kahn, Assistant Managing Editor