“In youth we learn, in age we understand.” Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach wrote these words when she was seventy-five years old.
What do women really want? That’s the question that many of us find ourselves asking as a friend approaches her 50th birthday. After all, 50 today is not what it was a generation or two ago. 50-year-old women today are vibrant, passionate and active. Most of them are still enjoying their careers, although they may have begun to dream about retirement.
Aging has a pretty bad name. Hollywood portrays older people as forgetful, grumpy and weak. Cosmetics companies tell us that aging is something to be fought. Many companies discriminate against older employees.
Getting old sucks. If you wanted to describe how society views the aging process, these three words would probably sum it up.
When you hear the term “identity safety,” what do you think? In a casual conversation at the bank, I told a man that my dissertation was on the topic of identity safety. “Oh” he replied “I work on that too, I am in the security industry, fighting identity theft.”
If you consider the way that the aging process is portrayed in the media, it’s no surprise that many of us have a fear of life after 60. In reality, aging is nothing to be afraid of. As this amazing and heartwarming video shows, it can even be something to be celebrated.
Few questions spark more response from the women in the Sixty and Me community than “Are you aging gracefully?”
While some women are content to take it easy in retirement – and there is nothing wrong with this by the way – most say that the concept of aging gracefully is limiting and old-fashioned.
One of the most fascinating aspects of running Sixty and Me is getting to interact with all of the fabulous women in our community. At the same time, managing a community of 100,000 women over 60 is a challenge. Why? Because everyone experiences life after 60 completely differently!