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Middle-aged and juggling hard, I've become the colleague I didn't appreciate

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'Drive like you stole it' is a new column touching on working motherhood.

I can’t remember where my car keys are, but I have perfect recollections of my earliest days of work. I was 18 and feisty, with more front than a whole shopping mall – though the shelves were less stocked than the window suggested.

I vividly recall the office cliques, including our iteration of the apex species, the twenty-something in-crowd. They roamed the office with aspirational hauteur, enjoying the side-eye support of a select group of peers. It looked like slightly superior young professional heaven, and, needless to say, was a parent-free zone.

You may be middle-aged and juggling hard, but it doesn't hurt to big yourself up like you were still 23 and indestructible. Credit:Tanya Lake

As the poor buggers got promoted – or, worse, married – you got your turn to be the smart kids doing cool stuff, casting a slightly pitiful eye towards the over-35s with their “bloody hell, the school run” stress lines and slightly strained top buttons.

"Older" women with functional........

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