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10 Things That Aren’t Coming Back with Age – And 10 New Ones That You Can Discover Now!

By Penelope Jane Whiteley January 15, 2023 Lifestyle

I know almost every woman over 60 bemoans certain assets they had previously, which are no more. One woman’s loss isn’t necessarily your own but most of us can empathise if not sympathise.

I know this because I have very thick hair and am always saying things like “my hair is uncontrollable when it’s short.” More times than I can remember the reply is, “Oh, you’re so lucky; mine is really thin.”

It’s a case of “one man’s meat” etc.

All of which means that this list of the 10 things that aren’t coming back is quite personal. Other things not on this list I know I share with like-minded-same-age-women. I have also included a little advice to younger girls.

10 Things That Aren’t Coming Back as We Age

Gorgeous Glowing Skin

You want to keep it? Don’t smoke, wear sunblock, drink water, and laugh a lot.

Long Flowing or Short Attractive-Looking Hair

Find a good hairdresser and stick to them! The secret used to be in the cut, but with new-found hair, it’s about someone who can help you.

Easy-to-Care-for Toenails

Toenails become thicker and tougher, and you may end with corns and bunions and the like. The solution is a fabulous podiatrist.

Sweating Only When the Weather Is Really Hot

It can be a moveable feast… you’re too hot or too cold. Finding a happy medium can be very tricky even though you’re done with menopause. Buy good deodorant, use good moisturiser, and carry a fan.

Patience with Idiots

Especially those who live on the other end of your phone call. I have no suggested solution here.

Getting Things Done Quickly and Efficiently

What happened to that? I seem to recall being told, aeons ago, that computers would make life easier and less full of paper. Really? If you want something done, do it yourself.

Understanding Anything Technical… Even If You Were a Real ‘Techie’ in Days of Yore

This is a common point of anguish for many of us. Find yourself a 12-year-old who is happy if you throw $10 around.

Non-Troublesome Feet

Aaaaah… those days when you could wear the shoes you loved without praying for a chair. This is the same as toes, really, and the solution is, yet again, a really good podiatrist and sensible shoes. Trainers are good, and you can turn them into a fashion statement.

Eyelashes and Eyebrows

They just fade away as part of the natural attrition of ageing. There are various things you can do, including microblading eyebrows or permanent coloured eyeliner or even false eyelashes. It’s wise to be careful with all three, and make sure you have reliable beauticians.

10 New Things We Can Acquire

A Relaxed Attitude to Organisations Who Seem Determined to Do You Wrong

This can be hard. It’s all about breathing and finding the humour.

Caring About the Planet

It’s time for our generation to stand up and be counted. We must take the time to learn what we have done and what we continue to do, and change our ways. We need to help those who don’t seem to understand what climate change means to them and their family. Becoming an eco-warrior!

The Desire, the Ability, and the Wherewithal to Speak Up… at Last

Stop over-thinking; it’s okay not to know all the answers. Acknowledge that what others think of you is none of your business. The list goes on …

Control of Your Life

Finally! You’ve spent most of your life living within the expectations of others, and now is the time to stop that. Deepak Chopra says, “Don’t step outside the box, throw the box away.”

Saying NO… Without an Explanation

Because you can and because it’s important to help create your new attitude.

Not Worrying Overly About the Way You Look

No, I don’t mean looking like a bag lady, but I do mean creating a system for yourself that allows you to leave the house looking clean and tidy and put together.

Becoming Fearless

So often, everything we do is fear-based. As we age, we really need to replace the fear with ourselves! As whole, beautiful women.

Living Your Own Life

We no longer have to ask for everybody’s opinion before we do something. It’s nice if we have their approval but we can make up our own minds.

Giving TIME the Time to Heal

There is no time limit on healing. It has nothing to do with anyone else. The time it takes is the time it takes, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Wearing Shoes That Are Comfortable

They may not be glam or what you’re used to, but the bliss of foot comfort cannot be over-exaggerated.

I would love to know the 10 items you would choose for both lists. We are each unique and have our own beliefs and perspective so please, share your thoughts on this subject.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What things are never coming back for you with age? Are there new things you have gained as the years went by? Please share your own lists below!

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Loved and doing the can do list now 😂👍

The Author

Penelope Jane Whiteley is the self-appointed Queen of Aging Disgracefully. A writer, international speaker, clothes designer, stylist and traveller, she helps other women to live their lives on their own terms. Her courses include “Lose 10 pounds in 10 minutes,” “The Reboot,” “Just Write the Damn Book.” Find her on, Twitter, and Facebook.

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