Helen Mirren has never been afraid to speak her mind. In recent interviews, she has talked about sex after 60 and rallied against ageism in Hollywood.
A few weeks ago, I posted a video talking about some of the best things about getting older. In the video, I argued that the “less” frame that so many of us have when we reach our 60s is misplaced. Far from being a time of inevitable decline, life after 60 can be anything that we want it to be.
One of the biggest challenges that we all face as we get older is how to find new meaning in our lives. For better or for worse, our younger years are defined by the people around us. We are needed by our kids, partners, colleagues, bosses and friends. Then, in our 60s, things start to change. Our kids are doing their own thing. Our careers are slowing down – or ending all together.
Jamie Lee Curtis may have got her start in horror films, but, there is one thing that she definitely isn’t afraid of – getting older! Instead of seeing life after 60 as a time to take it easy, she is looking forward to the opportunity to make the absolute most of her life.
By anyone’s standards, Judi Dench has done a lot of things “right” in her life. Not only has she followed her passions and become one of the best-loved actresses of all time, but, she is also a genuinely good person.
What do you like about autumn? I have recently realized that autumn is one of the best seasons of the year…. the weather is still warm… even as the cold begins to creep in.
The leaves change color. Near my house there are spectacular walnut trees that turn glorious colors of red, and yellow and gold. But, I am not here to talk about the trees… I am here to talk about our lives, as we hit our 60s.
Every stage of our lives can be described in words. For many years, the words that described our experiences as women centered on our social roles. As young women, many of us we were curious, maternal, fulfilled, ambitious and creative. These adjectives were like stepping stones that deepened as our lives became more complex.
Women in their 60s are a bold and fearless group. After all, you don’t get to be 60-years-old without having experienced your share of bumps. Sometimes, as the song goes, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Unfortunately, just as often, our disappointments and knocks cause us to limit our expectations for ourselves. We know our soft-spots and throw up walls to prevent ourselves from getting hurt. We avoid emotionally risky situations like the plague.
I’m not a big fan of anti-aging tips and tricks. In fact, if I see one more online ad with a tagline like “Doctors hate her! Discover the one weird trick this woman used to look 10 years younger,” I’m going to scream.
One of my missions at Sixty and Me is to show the world that turning 60 is a cause for celebration, not fear. Unlike in previous generations, when people were expected to retire from public life at 60, each of us now has the opportunity to pursue our passions and build amazing lives.
This is one of the reasons that I go out of my way to celebrate the birthdays of celebrities who are turning 60 each month.