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6 Reasons You Really Are Awesome in Your 60s

By Anne Crowther March 30, 2024 Mindset

We are awesome! I have been thinking back through the events of my own life-time and checking out with others just what we 60-somethings have been through in our lives. I can honestly say that we are truly amazing!

It is very humbling to see just what we have suffered, endured and put up with during the past 60+ years. What I discovered is that we are a generation that gives testament to the strength of the human spirit.

My post on anxiety certainly resonated with some of you. Reading your stories, and relating them to myself and my circle of friends, associates and acquaintances, it is obvious that we have deep reserves of strength and resilience.

And, yes, sometimes we fall down, but we nearly always get up again.

The Bad Times

In more than 60 years, we have just about seen it all – and I mean that. I have learned some shocking stories of hardship, abuse, poverty, and also some truly heart-warming outcomes from some of these dreadful tales.

But being positive, we, post-war children, have probably lived during one of the best and most peaceful times in history.

There are horrific problems in the world right now. Things like wars, genocide, terrorism, FGM, rape, poverty, lack of basic facilities, oppression and living conditions which we find abhorrent. I know from my own circle that we have come through some truly awful and almost soul-destroying times.

They include being orphaned at a young age, depression, mental health problems, miscarriage, life-threatening illnesses, bullying, death of a spouse, loneliness, extra-marital affairs, divorce, caring for older parents with all the attendant problems, and dare I say it – even suicide.

Of course, that all takes its toll on a person’s well-being. I’m not pretending it has all been easy for anyone who has gone through one or more of these hardships. But, we are almost all still here, coping, thriving and living relatively healthy, happy lives.

The Good Times

There have been wonderful times along the way too, and that’s what keeps us going. Families, childbirth, our wonderful kids, grandchildren – if you’re lucky enough to have them – supportive friends and great colleagues.

There are pets, good times, holidays, faith, weddings, christenings, anniversaries, music, getting to another birthday, Christmas and a walk in the country.

Also sitting by a cosy log fire, reading a great book, delicious meals, exercise, a fulfilling hobby, new clothes, a lovely home, a racy car – whatever it is that makes you feel content. I don’t mean to trivialise, and the things that keep us content are not just possessions.

Our generation has paved the way for the youngsters of today, who never knew the extreme hardships of the post-war years. We lived through the ‘sexual revolution,’ the ‘Ban the Bomb’ era, the ‘burn your bra’ era.

We have brought up our children and demanded equal pay at work – though that is still not resolved by a long chalk. We championed equality and diversity, and ran a home and a job seamlessly.

We in the west are lucky compared to people who live in some parts of the world. I truly don’t seek to gloss over those who are less fortunate than we are, I am merely looking at those of us who are typical Western Sixty and Me readers.

If you are still suffering illness, depression or loss of a loved one, please accept my condolences, I know it isn’t easy. I’ve been there. But I know that for most of us, things will probably get better.

We have to go through the process of grieving, but know that you have to start living again. And you are stronger than you think, even though it doesn’t always seem so.

Six Reasons Why You Are Awesome:

  • You survived hardships and food shortages in the post-war years.
  • You were guinea pigs for The Pill and new ways of contraception.
  • You marched for what you believed in.
  • You ditched the traditional housewife role and went out to earn your own money.
  • You became train drivers, astronauts, engineers, scientists, entered Parliament/Congress/the Senate – whatever you wanted to be.
  • You believed in yourself.

Don’t forget – you’re absolutely awesome!

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What hardships have you dealt with in your life? What was one cause that you fought very hard for as a young woman? Please share your memories, the good and the bad, below.

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Joyce Ramsay

I recently visited my long term pen-friend in Germany and she believes that our generation may never be repeated. We live longer, healthier, more productive lives than any generation before us and after the war, we became focused nation builders. We were happy and confident, generally speaking. We have since seen the degeneration of authority, the rise of abuse of alcohol and drugs, the hopelessness and lack of direction of many young people and countries being run my muppets with greed and corruption the norm. She went so far as to say that she was glad she was coming to the end of her life as she could see no way that an individual could change this evil tide. We both arrived at the conclusion at opposite ends of the world (I live in Australia) that Covid was just another way we were controlled. As a former bra burner, I have come full circle on the issue of mothers working full time attempting to gain same pay for same work. I now believe that the best place for me would have been in my own home raising my children. God made men and women different for a reason. Men, if they dare, should be the leaders and hard grafters and women are the natural nurturers. That’s a whole can of worms, as I do believe that women should be heard, but men have abrogated their responsibilities as leaders of the family so women have taken over a role for which I believe they are not physically designed. My body is wrecked because I did work which over-taxed my joints. For all of that, I remain positive for myself and intend to keep smiling and staying in the company of other smilers.


The hard times that are still haunting my day dreams are still playing out as Covid proves to be a lingering unwelcome guest in my home as well as the world at large. The loss of so many people close to me continues to rise…I struggle to remain on a positive path and find a way to keep moving forward..I intentionally search for the best way to honor those lost to a cruel disease process that continues to be a formidable foe. Praying for healing …for us all..

Anne Crowther

I am sorry for your loss Karen and hope you can find some positives. I believe COVID was altogether avoidable – we have learned nothing. Sending positive thoughts to you and your family.

The Author

Anne Crowther is a former journalist and corporate PR professional. After leaving a major blue-chip company, she set up her own small business helping companies with their PR, marketing and social media presence. Now semi-retired, she blogs about travels and personal fashion styles through the Sensational Baby Boomer website

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