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Looking at the world through Peri-colored glasses

I feel seen by Pantone. Very Peri, 2022 Color of the Year, immediately caught my eye.

Very Peri. Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year announcement immediately caught my eye. At 49, my radar’s tuned into all things peri. “Your good friend Peri,” my dear daughter has even named that presence that emerges with my hormonal mood swings. That is, perimenopause. Gen Xers like me are flying blind into the peri storm, first wondering wtf hit us, then noticing coverage of the experience popping up more and more as we get sick of not talking about it. Next thing you know, we’re seeing it everywhere. 

And now I feel seen by Pantone. Very Peri’s “courageous presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity.” Yes! Words to live by survive on. Being honest, it’s felt downright courageous to have faced down some of my darker days, under the weight of the unpredictable biochemical-driven dips that I now know are to be expected at this age. 

It has required inventiveness and creativity to make it through so far—and I’m inspired to lean into these attributes I’ve had the chance to practice to ensure I live to achieve full-on crone status (or, whatever that cool state of being post-menopause should be called) with energy to lift up others. 

Dietary supplements help me, personally—CBD, black cohosh, ashwagandha, magnesium, lemon balm. I love to get creative and experiment with botanicals and teas. Exercise is a must. I write myself notes I can find around the house in little envelopes where I remind myself that difficult feelings always pass and I coach my family members with scripts outlining similar things they can tell me when I get weird.

Pantone’s Peri “encompasses the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possesses a violet-red undertone.” How perfectly does that describe the melancholy to rage spectrum of perimenopausal moods?

And, get this: “Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents complemented by a new perspective that resonates today…Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light.” In perimenopause, to me this means being grateful for the way that feeling sad, or blue, can sometimes make us slow down and examine our lives or make us more compassionate toward others. 

I know I’m not alone in considering this time of my life a transformation bringing many exciting possibilities that keep me going. Very Peri, similar to women like us, has “complexity” with its “new red violet infused blue hue” that “highlights the expansive possibilities that lay before us.”

Very Peri is aspirational. It reinforces how I’m aiming to reframe this phase of my life. Perimenopausal sisters, bask with me in the Veri Peri energy with its “carefree confidence and…daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit…and…helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives.”

What do you think of Very Peri, Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year?