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Connecting with Your Inner Child After 60

By Margaret Manning December 03, 2015 Mindset

One of the wonderful things about turning 60 is that you no longer need to please anyone else. Ok, maybe we shouldn’t have been trying to please others for the rest of our life, but, that’s another story!

In any case, this morning, I was reminded of a quote that reminds us we don’t need to act old, just because we are getting a little bit older. The quote is “We don’t stop playing because we get old. We grow old because we stop playing.”

Connecting with Your Inner Child - We grow old because we stop playing

Aging stereotypes are powerful not because they hurt our feelings, but, because they limit our imagination. When we do what others expect from us – sit and watch the TV, potter around the house and let our bodies and brains deteriorate – we start to feel older.

Now is the time for us to reconnect with our inner child once again. Ask her what she always wanted to be when she grew up. Sing songs with her. Dance with her in the living room. Let her paint pictures of faraway places. Adorn her in clothes that make her feel beautiful and happy.

Let’s go out into the world with a sense of curiosity and wonder. As long as we can still hear our inner child’s voice, we will never truly grow old!

What do you think? Please take a few minutes to answer the questions below and “like” this article to keep the conversation going!

Do you still hear your inner child’s voice? What does she say to you? Do you agree that women who play more look and feel younger? What have you always wanted to do, but, haven’t started? What is holding you back?

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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