It’s always a wonder when a decade passes and it’s another momentous birthday. When I turned 60 I was shocked into silence. That in itself was amazing for a woman who loves words and loves to talk about, well everything and anything. In any case, I sent a day in silent meditation to see what I would learn. What I learned was getting older felt odd, funny and unnecessary. I was in a funk until my daughter said “Don’t worry mom, you’re so immature no one will notice!” I must say, that helped. I realized that so long as I kept my child-self around aging would be much easier, and it is. The following is a wonderful honest discussion about getting older by a woman often in front of the camera. Enjoy.
Thanks for your honesty Christiane. It’s what the world needs now. I remember going through those hot flashes and thinking back to my mother who would be changing blouses many times a day saying “It’s just a red flag to remind you not to hold back on loving since time is going!” In my new almost finished book “GUTSY: HOW WOMEN LEADERS MAKE CHANGE” I talk about the need to go back and see where there are threads hanging out not yet woven into your life tapestry. Those hot flashes are just that, flares for us to get going on what really matters. Your story is a great example of stopping to put life in its proper perspective. –Sylvia Lafair author “Don’t Bring It to Work”
Age is such a relative thing. We gain so much wisdom as we grow older, we seem to forget it sometimes and just focus on the negative.
Thanks Erica for your comment, and you’re so right, we gain wisdom as we get older. Additionally, I think we begin to believe our elders and know they have lots of wisdom also. My mom often says, “As you got older, I got smarter”. Here’s the wise women and men in their 50′s, 60′s, 70′s and so on!
thank you for you share!!!!
good post!!!!!! nice!!!!!!
As long as you have lived life to the full there should be no regrets, what ever age you are there is always new things to try and people to meet.