Many women are struggling to find happiness in life after 60. On the surface, you might think that our inability to be happy comes from our complex lives. After all, many of us have experienced divorces and deaths in the family. Some have lost parents and watched their children grow up and move away. Others have experienced health challenges of one kind of another. But, despite the fact that we share similar challenges, some of us are much happier than others. The question is, why?
We have all sat around the dinner table countless times, talking with our families about every topic under the sun – politics, people, shopping, work, movies, books, and our plans for next year’s holiday.
Most older women have experienced ageism in one way or another. Some of us have struggled to find a job due to outdated aging stereotypes. Others have seen their careers grind to a halt in their 50s or 60s. Every single one of us is pressured by society to look younger, although we usually ignore this.
Few actors over 60 are as respected as Liam Neeson. His combination of charm and undeniable talent have also made him a favorite with the Sixty and Me community, who recently voted him as one of the sexiest men over 60.
Sam Elliott has always been a favorite of older women everywhere. There is something about his combination of genuine kindness and rough manly personality that makes us go crazy. In fact, when Sam turned 71, a few days ago, over 5,000 women in our community took the time to wish him a happy birthday!
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.
We women in the Boomer generation have always been pioneering role models for our children. The majority of us have had successful lives – in our careers, at work, at-home, or both. We have a great many skills, knowledge, and experiences as well as time now to offer.
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.