As older women, living in the 21st century, it’s easy to forget just how different things were a few generations ago.
During our lifetime, we have made huge progress in the workforce and at home. We fought against sex-based discrimination and for equal treatment under the law. We still have a long way to go in many areas, but, there is no denying that the world is a fairer place now than when we were born.
I stand on my head because I can. Every time I turn myself upside down I find my balance – literally and figuratively.
That’s when I take center stage in my life. That’s when I’m living my experience in the present with full consciousness and intention.
When we were little girls, we dreamed about “being someone.” We wanted to visit amazing places and do amazing things. Then, for most of us, life took over. Now, in our 60s, many of us feel like Lily Tomlin, who once said, “I always wanted to be someone, but now I realize I needed to be more specific.”
I’m not a big fan of celebrity watching. Whenever I happen to be sitting across from someone famous at a restaurant, I pretend not to notice.
After all, they deserve their privacy. All that said, I was still happy when I saw this picture of Helen Mirren riding the subway.
Every time I ask the women in the Sixty and Me community who their favorite actresses are, Helen Mirren is right at the top of the list.
You’ve all heard the phrase so many times that it has become a universal mantra: If not now, when?
I said that same mantra to myself in March, 1984. I was standing backstage at the Old Globe Theater, in San Diego, waiting for my cue to go on stage. The woman in front of me was no other than Marion Ross, the quintessential mother in the hit TV series, Happy Days. Marion was in the same drab, unexciting play, written by a Hungarian about, what else, Hungarians! I was playing the younger daughter of the master of the house. My character added absolutely nothing to the story – whatever the story may have been. I truly can’t remember.
Few women are as loved by the Sixty and Me community as Judi Dench. At age 80, she is a shining example of someone who follows her passions and refuses to slow down. In fact, in 2015 and 2016 the world will see 6 new Judi Dench films. I can’t wait to watch them all!
When my children were young, I used to love to read Dr. Seuss books to them. There was something about the strange characters and wonderful worlds that sent all of us into uncontrollable fits of giggling. It’s a shame that, as adults, we are expected to be so serious. It’s almost as if we forget how to appreciate the silly, nonsensical moments in life.
There is something special that happens to the way that you see the world when you have your first grandchild. As a parent, you are often too busy with the day-to-day business of keeping your family running smoothly to notice the world around you. As a grandparent, you are free to see the big picture.
Life after 50 is full of distractions, complications and worries. As we approach “retirement,” whatever that means, we are balancing careers, dealing with changing social circumstances and struggling to stay healthy and fit. According to society, our 50s and 60s should be a time of “winding down” and “aging gracefully.” For most baby boomers I know, this really isn’t our style.