Have you ever thought about your digital afterlife? You should! Most of us check in with Facebook every day to see what our friends and family are doing, watch funny videos and see the day’s news.
Have you ever noticed how good and bad things in life move in cycles? The more out of shape you become, the less likely you are to go to the gym. The more TV you watch, the less you feel like getting out and exploring the world. The same is true for making friends as an adult in your 60s.
In reality, getting the most from life after 60 requires us to find ways to break the negative loops that we are stuck in.
If you look at the way that people in their midlife and older are portrayed in the media, you would be forgiven for thinking that life ends at 60. There are exceptions – usually in comedies designed to show the humorous side of aging – but, for the most part, life after 60 is shown to be a time of turning invisible and aging gracefully.
Have you ever noticed how society seems to expect people to become “invisible” as they age? This is definitely true for people who have reached retirement age. But, even if you are in your 60s, you may feel the way that people treat you at the office starting to change. Encore.org wants to change this!
For most of our lives, our choices are strongly influenced by others. Now, we finally have the opportunity make life after 60 anything we want it to be.
Unfortunately, many of us are still stuck with the habits that we formed during our 20s and 30s. We are used to life being something that happens “to us.” So, like little girls at our first school dance, we stand on the sidelines, waiting for someone to approach.
When you’re in your 50s, or even 60s, it’s hard to imagine what old age is really like. You start to get a feeling for it by watching your parents. Perhaps you even have a few aches and pains – emotional and physical – to deal with. But, for the most part, most baby boomers don’t consider themselves “old.” Most of us even have trouble seeing ourselves as “seniors,” even if we technically fall into this category according to our age.
Loneliness is an issue that affects not only individuals, but, society in general. The health implications of loneliness alone should be enough to make governments stand up and take notice, but, for some reason, most of them haven’t.
When I travel by train, I often gaze at people and pretend to be Sherlock Holmes. One of the trends that I have noticed recently is tattoos for older women. It seems like many women my age are breaking aging stereotypes and adding some ink to their beautiful older bodies. Personally, I’ve never had the urge to get a tattoo, but, I totally understand where they are coming from!
Of all of the people that I have interviewed for the Sixty and Me Show, Cindy Joseph is one of my favorites. Cindy is a mature model and the founder of Boom Cosmetics. She is undeniably beautiful, but, it is her personality and passion for life that I appreciated the most.
When I sat down to talk with Cindy, I expected the conversation to focus on how to find beauty after 60 in a practical sense – what to wear, how to apply makeup, etc. What we actually talked about was far more philosophical – and far more interesting.
One of the best things about getting older is that you no longer need to worry about what people think. This is especially true when it comes to style and fashion for women over 60. Sure, there are certain principles that can help you to look your best – but, for the most part, now is the time to express your personality!