The most interesting women over 60 that I know have more than their share of emotional battle scars. It seems like the more interesting our lives are, the more of a burden we are asked to bear. Does it sometimes feel the same to you?

In my experience, there are three ways of dealing with your emotional battle scars after 60. Some women choose to pretend that their scars don’t exist.

Others feel sorry for themselves and use their scars as a reason not to trust others.

Personally, I choose to see my battle scars as badges of honor. Do You?

It’s not that I go around telling people about my problems. Despite the fact that I am in the public eye, I’m also a naturally shy person. Instead, I draw strength from my emotional scars. They remind me that I can deal with anything. Like most women my age, I have experienced loss and I have dealt with my share of family issues. Through it all, I have emerged stronger.

I am proud of my emotional battle scars because they are a part of me. I choose to follow Maya Angelou’s advice when she said, “Look what you’ve already come through! Don’t deny it. Say I’m stronger than I thought I was.”

Maya Angelou - Look what you’ve already come through! Don’t deny it. Say I’m stronger than I thought I was.

Do you believe that your emotional battle scars make you stronger? Or, do you prefer not to dwell on the past at all and instead focus on the present? Why or why not? Please join the conversation.

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