Learning to Love Yourself After 60 April 18, 2015 | Margaret Manning
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Like many people over 60, I feel like I am in a constant battle with my weight. It’s not that I have low self-esteem. I don’t particularly care what other people think about my body. After six decades on this planet, I’m definitely past all of that.
At the same time, there are so many reasons that I want to be in better shape.
There is a dreamlike quality to becoming a grandmother. In 50 or 60 years of life you have started new careers, taken on new roles and learned all kinds of new skills. Easy peasy! If you want to be a teacher or doctor there are plenty of books to read. When you become a grandmother, you have 9 months to get used to your new role and have hardly any idea where to even start.
One fun place to start your journey is choosing a grandma name.
Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to talk with 1000s of women in the Sixty and Me community. Through these discussions, nothing has struck me more profoundly than the desire for women over 60 to live life in their own way.
Reaching retirement is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, after decades of following other peoples’ rules, there is a sense of relief that you will finally get to live the way that you want to. On the other hand, it’s easy to feel lost, fearful or sad when reaching this important milestone. You know logically that you are retiring from work, not life, but, it doesn’t always feel like that.
One of my favorite things about traveling is getting to dig deeper into the unique culture and history of the places that I visit. There’s nothing wrong with visiting a place to relax. But, for a truly meaningful experience, I find that nothing beats combining learning with travel.
Life after 50 should be all about following your passions and exploring the world. One of my favorite ways to do both is to take a cruise to a far-off location. Not only does cruising allow you to see the world from a completely new perspective, but, it is also a fantastic way to make new friends. In addition, unlike the stereotypical lounge-in-the-sun-drinking-cocktails cruises of the past, modern cruises offer so many ways to learn new things and explore your passions.
When it comes to fashion after 50, the members of our community have strong opinions. In fact, every time I ask a question about style, beauty or fashion for older women, I hold my breath, hoping that the conversation will stay civil and polite.
As I sit here in my little 4-person couchette on the train from Zurich to Prague, I am reminded of everything that I love about travel. For starters, I just spent the last several hours with two lovely ladies, who shared their life stories and plans for the future. Every time I travel, I meet such wonderful people – and I can already tell that this trip will be no exception.
For most of my life I’ve been unemployable.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t had jobs. I was a college language teacher for many years. That led to an opportunity to write textbooks – and I found that I loved the creativity of writing.
I then went freelance and got contracts to write training programs for corporations.
It might seem strange to use a quote from Lady Gaga to explain how I feel about the Sixty and Me community, but, it is surprisingly fitting. She once said, “I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community.” Let me explain why I find this quote so powerful.
Happiness is an abstract concept and one that is difficult to measure. Its source is also a mystery. Sometimes we can only see happiness in the rear-view mirror as a reflection of the times in our life when we felt truly alive, fulfilled and well – happy!
In a previous article, I discussed how to improve your craft skills so that you can get ready to sell your handmade items online. But, once you feel like you have reached a certain level of proficiency, the question still remains – what should you produce?