This has undeniably been true for me as I am now just two months away from turning 60. When I was young, 60 seemed impossibly old, the end of all good things. I don't feel that way anymore. I am well aware that if we measure by seasons, I am in the autumn of my life. But, I'm Not Dead Yet.
Here are some of the ways I "don't feel my age." Over-arching all is a belief in staying hopeful, positive, and grateful. You may have some of your own to add to the list; please share.
- Hang out with people of all ages. I am close to my sister (in her 40's) and her two teen daughters. I get asked for advice on dating!
- Shun stereotypes. There's nothing more aging than talking like this: "Kids today . . . "
- Listen to new music. I try a new band every day via Spotify. Well, new-to-me anyway. The 1990's count (hello, Arc Angels). It's so tempting to keep going back to Neil Young.
- Get excited. Get really worked up about . . . whatever energizes you. I'm a political junkie, so I get passionate about women's rights. There are mostly younger-than-me women in the movement but we share a philosophy. It could be something completely non-political too, like rescuing kittens, or learning to cook vegan. Get gung-ho.
|So many kitties to love. Source.|
- Don't be critical. Pause before the negativity comes out. There's a stereotype of an old person who is disapproving of everything, fearful, negative, and rigid. I won't be her.
- Sing. I'm taking classical singing lessons, but I've always enjoyed singing. It changes my mood, it makes me feel alive.
|Gaga and me - on a stage together soon.|
- Wear your hair long, if you like. I'm trying to get back to shoulder length, wild and fuzzy.
- Wear your lipstick bright, if you like. I love to see a silver-haired (long or short) woman with red lipstick. It looks like she's earned it, somehow.
|Photographer and model Sigrid Rothe|
I'd love to hear your thoughts about what age you feel. Today I'm about 32, but minus the career stress ツ.
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