I love being an older woman. You may think I’m crazy, but it’s true. With age comes freedom. I have finally figured out what I like, what I don’t like, and I have stopped making excuses for either. I finally have the freedom to be myself; to live my own life and not the life that others think I should.
This lesson did not come easy for me. It took years, actually about 60 of them, before I arrived at this place in my life. You see, I grew up at a time when everything around me said I had to be domestic. You know, cooking and cleaning and that kind of stuff. For years, I tried – I really tried – but I hated to cook, every minute of it, and I just didn’t want to do it. My family and friends truly wanted to help and refused to give up on me. They were convinced that if I just knew HOW to cook, I would like it, so they gave me cook books, videos of the famous chefs, even cooking classes.
And you know what? I STILL hate to cook. But now I don’t make excuses for it anymore. With age, I have learned to embrace my own uniqueness.
Yes, I have wrinkles, and yes, I have more pounds on my butt than I’d like to admit, but I have earned every one of them through experiences, some good and some not so good, that led me to where I am today. And I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
True beauty is ageless, and to find yours, try one of these three tips:
- Surround yourself with confident, kind and interesting people who encourage you and help you pursue your dream.
- Don’t ever let anyone discourage you or tell you anything less than “you can do it”.
- Take some time to discover who you really are and not what someone else wants you to be.
Once you find the answers, you will begin to experience life like you have never known before. You will see things with an excitement and a passion that you have never felt before. When you look in the mirror, you will see a confident, vibrant, mature person looking back at you.
Aging is inevitable – it’s not going away. So take control of your life and find more time to do the things that make you smile. After all, it’s not the number of your age that matters, it’s your attitude and the way you look at life. A positive attitude will give you armor that no one can crack, and nothing can dull – not even your age.