When we are children, our dreams are limited only by our imagination. But, the time we reach our 60th birthday, many of us have had our crazy ideas and wild fantasies beaten out of us by a cold, cruel world.
The good news is that life after 60 offers the possibility for a second childhood.
Lucille Ball said it: Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.
You really have to love yourself first to have a positive and joyful attitude in life. Loving yourself first kills the negativity that builds up in our hectic environment and culture. We’ve got so much going on in life that the way to keep our life balanced and healthy.
As the founder of Sixty and Me, I know just how difficult picking names for groups of people can be. After all, some people are proud to be called baby boomers, while others want nothing to do with the title.
Well, according to Helen Mirren, there are two words that no one should call a woman – “sassy” and “feisty.” In an interview with The Times, she said that “We need new words for female power and funniness and smartness.”
So many people go through life trying to “find themselves.” We read self-help books, hire career counselors, take trips to think about our life, write in diaries and, for the most part, we end up where we started.
I love pomegranates. I’m not just talking about how wonderful they taste – although they are certainly delicious. I’m talking about something slightly deeper. Pomegranates remind us that what is on the inside really matters. In fact, as you probably already know, sometimes the ones that look the roughest on the outside are the sweetest on the inside.
When I was a little girl, I was always coming home with bumps and bruises. No, I wasn’t fighting with the other kids at school (I was a good girl!) The reason that I was always a bit battered was that I refused to accept my physical boundaries. I loved to try new things and when I failed I just dusted myself off and tried again. Then I grew up…
I was going through boxes of folders the other day and found some great memories: photos, my “Polyester, The Movie” smell-o-vision card, news articles that I wrote or were written about me, an old I.D. bracelet that I gave – and got back – from girls in junior high school and more.
Today, I came across a quote by Dale Carnegie that reminded me of all of the fabulous women that have surprised me over the years. The quote was, “The expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back.”
Hollywood has never taken a particularly positive view on aging. In the movies, older characters are usually portrayed as “over the hill,” grumpy and out of touch. The aging process itself is usually presented as something to be feared, not embraced.