Put On Your Big Girl Panties – It’s Not Too Late!

by Sherry Riter in Aging,Self-Development  

Little girls basically start off wearing the same type of panties – cotton material that completely covers the booty and has elastic at the waist and legs.

little girl panties

The transition from diaper to panty is often not easy. First we are encouraged to “pee in the potty” and as a seemingly great reward, we will get to wear panties. We have no idea why panties are so much better than diapers because we enjoy going to the potty in our diaper anywhere and any time. However, since all the women we look up to and love wear panties, it must be a good progression.

After much thought and some brainwashing, we decide that we want to wear panties.

Eventually, we get it all right and the diapers are discarded and replaced by bright colored panties. Suddenly we feel that we have arrived even though we are still not quite sure where the arrival has landed us. But we have accomplished a huge goal and that feeling spurs us onward. The belief that we can do anything begins to grow and our dreams get larger.

After many years and a varied collection of panties in their wake, the little girls grow into women. At this point, the group breaks into many directions based on a wide variety of circumstances, choices and opportunities.

I want to talk to the women who wake up one day to find that they are wearing granny panties.

granny panties

Yes, I said it and I posted a picture of granny panties. Now you don’t have to tell anyone if you are wearing granny panties right now, but if you are, listen closely.

Granny panties are safe. They are found in abundance at almost every department store. Most of the time, the fabric is neutral and pastel colors. The most exciting (I use that word loosely) aspect of the granny panties is the lace that is sometimes found at the waist and legs. The lace isn’t imported from Italy. It is just simple and plain, stretchy lace.

Is your life like your granny panties?

Are you coasting along and just playing it safe?

As time has been sneaking on your face to create wrinkles, have you given up all hope of accomplishing more of your dreams?

My grandmother was one of the most negative people I have ever known. I don’t say that in any mean fashion, but just state it as a fact. As far back as I can remember, Mam-Maw talked about being sick or about to die even when she was extremely healthy. By the time she was fifty years old, Maw-Maw said she was ancient. Her attitude was more that life was nearly over and there wasn’t anything left to look forward to any more.

Fifty years old. That’s all.

Good grief! Life wasn’t anywhere near over for her! Mam-Maw lived to be in her eighties!

Mam-Maw wore granny panties in life. She didn’t stretch her mind, talents or experiences. Mam-Maw played it safe and by doing so, she didn’t accomplish or experience many things that could have enriched her soul and life. My grandmother’s life experience was small because she chose to live in her fears.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not criticizing my grandmother to be mean, but I want you to see that playing it safe in granny panties is very sad in many ways.

Maybe you are thinking that you are like Mam-Maw and don’t want to stretch yourself because it is scary. No kidding! However….It is no more scary now than it was when you were in your twenties. It is just that the granny panties have been on your booty for a very long time.

It is easy to play it safe. There isn’t any shock, disappointment or rejection, but there isn’t the fullness of happiness and joy either. Wearing granny panties isn’t the answer!

There is no way to know how many years you have left to live on this planet. You could live to be one hundred years old! Don’t shake your head “no”. You simply do not know your expiration date. It is a huge disservice to yourself to assume that you will die any moment and therefore no longer need to hope, dream and set goals.

Discard the granny panties of life.

Stop playing it so safe!

You’ve lived a long and eventful life up to this point and there is absolutely no reason to quit now.

It is time to put on your big girl panties and forget your fear of failing, rejection and all the other ugly things that enter your mind. Travel deep within the recesses of your girlhood fantasies and find your dreams.

It isn’t too late.

You can still have wonderful experiences!

The big girl panties can still be exciting if you simply believe, let go of the fear and shake your booty.

big girl panties

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pumped on Caffeine October 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Great post and very true! BTW I don't wear the granny panties in life!


2 Debbie November 1, 2011 at 5:17 am

I think I've been playing it safe in life for a few years now. How about a compromise? I'll start wearing something that falls somewhere between granny panties and the thong. Baby steps, you know. LOL!


3 Tim King November 1, 2011 at 7:05 am

Love this post, Sherry! And I'm proud to state that I am not wearing granny panties. (Neither literally nor figuratively.)



4 JKW November 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

As soon as I retired (a few years ago) I found I can't wear elastic. . . YAY, I now wear a totally Lace Panty. . . Per-Fect. So, way ahead of you on this one. Blessings, Janet


5 Pam at Antique or Not November 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

What an interesting post and a unique analogy! Once again, thanks for making us think.



6 Michael Ann November 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Comparing life to underwear — brilliant! I love this. Very timely for me.


7 Brandi November 8, 2011 at 9:10 am

following you through Monday Mingle! 🙂


8 sarah November 20, 2011 at 7:28 am

it is ok if one prefers granny panties or thongs.though i much prefer boylegs,(mine are skimpy that i could just simply wear them at my convenience) i think it is one's preference to wear what you feel is comfortable,no matter what you're age is.besides, the good thing about aging is one does not have to explain what you feel like wearing and can also get away with it.


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