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Like many women, I never quite found my groove when it came to fitness. Gyms were no go zones for me. It wasn’t just a matter of laziness. It also felt like the travel time, expensive clothes, complicated equipment, showering and coordination would take away from my other priorities. I got my exercise by cleaning the house, chasing after my children, walking our dogs and, occasionally, running after buses. Formal exercise just wasn’t that important.
On the surface, whether you dye your hair or not just isn’t that important. After all, what does it matter if you decide to go grey gracefully or dye your hair blond (or any other color for that matter?) But, for many women over 60, the decision to go grey is surprisingly important.
Many older single women spend a lot of time looking for an attractive, kind, older, single man. While it’s true that some of us find the man of our dreams after 60, the majority of women that I have spoken to are deeply skeptical of this approach.
For most of us, the decades of our lives are a blur. Looking back, it’s easy to feel mixed emotions. On the one hand, we have lived exciting and varied lives. Many of us have raised children, travelled the world, helped others and explored our passions. On the other hand, after 6 decades on this planet, many of us feel exhausted. We wonder where the meaning in our life will come from now that the social roles that defined our past are gone.
When you think about the word “extrovert,” what comes to mind? If you are like most people, you probably think that an extrovert is someone who is loud and gregarious – the kind of person who is comfortable in any social situation. The truth is somewhat more complicated.
Over the years, we accumulate a lot of stuff. Since we live in a consumer-oriented society, this is probably inevitable. We buy homes and decorate them with furniture. Clothing is a constant source of amusement and distraction as we adjust our style to the latest trends. For most of our lives, we consume without thinking. Then, as we reach our 60s, we suddenly start to realize just how much clutter we have in our lives.
There is something primitive and wondrous about making something out of nothing. Women understand this on a deeply psychological level. Perhaps this is due to the fact that we are capable of creating life. Or, maybe our varied roles throughout history have taught us the value of being resourceful and creative.
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Women in their 60s have enjoyed wonderful relationships and experienced their share of disappointments too. Some of us got married right out of high-school. Others waited until their 20s or 30s to tie the knot. Still others of us decided to stay single and chart our own course.
Regardless of the paths that we took, most of us quickly came to understand men. We may not have always liked what we saw, but, unlike men, who constantly ask “what do women want,” we knew what to expect from the opposite sex.
If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be? If you’re like most people, one of two responses probably popped into your head. Perhaps, like many women over 60, your instinct was to say “Nothing! I love my body exactly as it is.” Or, maybe your mind immediately jumped to your hips, skin, nose or another physical feature.
“I’m a complete beginner to yoga.” “I’m a total newbie.” “I’m a bit stiff and overweight.” “I’m a complete novice, with practically no strength or flexibility.” These are a few of the ways that women in the Sixty and Me community described themselves when I asked them if they were interested me producing a series of gentle yoga videos for older adults.
There is a powerful quote by Maya Angelou that says “To those who have given up on love, I say trust life a little bit.” In the past, when I have shared this quote with the women in our community, I have been met with sad, almost cynical responses. Women ask, “Who is going to fall in love with me, a 60-year-old woman?” or “How can I trust another man after what has happened to me?”
Last night, as I was having dinner with some friends, we started talking about the process of getting older. Go figure! We may have been in our 60s, but, we didn’t look over 60 – and we certainly didn’t feel over 60.