It always makes me angry that society expects older women to be invisible. It’s almost as if, once we reach our 60th birthday, we are expected to retire from life, throw out any clothes that aren’t navy blue or black and start playing bingo. What nonsense!
Well, if there is a “rule” that women our age should be “seen and not heard,” Diane Keaton certainly didn’t get the memo.
Most women over 60 have faced their share of challenges. Some of us have lost a loved one. Others have survived a challenging relationship. Still others, like today’s guest on the Sixty and Me Show, Vickie Lynn, have faced a serious medical diagnosis.
In all of these cases, how we respond, physically, emotionally and spiritually can set the tone for the rest of our lives. We can choose to see each challenge as an end. Or, we can look for new beginnings. Vickie is a shining example of a woman who chose the second of these two paths.
A little more than three decades ago, singer Cyndi Lauper told us that girls just want to have fun. Today, at age 63, Lauper is teaching us that mature women can still have a good time.
She was born on Christmas Day 1926. On November 3, 2013 Joy Johnson crossed the finish line of the NYC marathon. It was the 25th time that she ran this marathon, holding the record of being the oldest woman to ever complete it. She was 86 years old.
If you think about it, life is all about movement. Rocks don’t move by themselves. Trees barely move. Animals move, although they tend to be directed by instinct more than conscious thought. Only humans, so far as we know, have the ability to plan complex actions. Simply put, we are the only species on this planet that can reinvent itself.
On the whole, people are terrible at embracing their current age. Maybe it has something to do with the constant advertising that we are exposed to or the social pressure that surrounds us.
What keeps you awake at night? That loaded question has so much punch to it. So many things can contribute to bad sleep. If all is right in your world and you are still having trouble sleeping at night, perhaps it’s time to be really honest with yourself.
A few weeks ago I wrote a light-hearted article offering tips to boomers on how to take selfies, seeing as it’s such a phenomenon. Granted, it’s a millennial phenom, which I don’t love all that much. But hey, times change and change is the only certain thing in life.
It’s easy to see the history of the women’s movement as a struggle of “men vs. women.”
Indeed, if you went back to the early days of our fight for equality, this is almost certainly how it felt. Before women could vote, many men felt genuinely threatened by the idea of a politically active female population. For much of the last century, many people still believed that there were certain jobs that were “not appropriate” for women.
Separations, divorces, deaths in the family, economic hardships, illnesses. Many of our Sixty and Me community have made it through difficult times. We are survivors. We have learned from our experiences and from the experiences of others.