Let’s reflect back upon our high school days for a moment, shall we? Back then, I thought my parents (who were in their 40’s) were “old” and my grandparents were positively ancient at seventy plus. Remember those days? When we truly believed we had that whole young and old thing figured out.
Those lines, thankfully are now not only blurred, but more resemble the beautiful brush strokes of an artist, as countless midlifers are energetic, living life, looking good and starting to have an impact on advertisement campaigns. We are making our our presence known, with companies like Chico’s celebrating being bold at any age. The beauty giant L’Oreal Paris selected Dame Helen Mirren (age 72 and gorgeous) for one of their campaigns and Ellen Degeneres (age 60 and looking great) is a Cover Girl.
One of the most popular and talked about personalities these days, has got it all going on. I’m speaking of the incomparable Iris Apfel, who’s witty quotes about life and fashion are going viral. She’s all about embracing your age and being a rebel, my kind of lady!
“I see myself as the world’s oldest living teenager. Because I have such a good time, and because I try to get as much of a kick out of things as possible.” ~ Iris Apfel
Age really is just a number, when you think about it. If you believe you’re old, your body will devour the “food” you’re feeding it via negative thoughts and will respond accordingly. Then we’ll end up doing old people things like asking our kids to help with electronic issues (oh, wait, I already do this one)!
So perhaps the secret to the fountain of youth actually begins with ourselves, instead of a jar or vitamin. What if looking, acting and feeling younger starts with a little self kindness and love. Let’s try a little experiment, shall we?
Starting tomorrow, let’s all write down some love notes to ourselves. It might look something like, “Nothing is impossible” or I am beautiful, or how about you are a rockstar, now let’s do this! Place your love notes somewhere you will see them often, like your bathroom mirror. Say the words out load, like you mean business.
Let’s meet back up here in about thirty days to report our experiences, of course you don’t have to wait to post your thoughts or comments, we love hearing from you. Drop us a love note any time, darlings.
So at 56 years young, I love gardening, photography, speed walks in my neighborhood and slow walks with my toes scrunching into the sandy shore. The hubster and I enjoy traveling, adventures, hiking, great food and binge-watching an addictive series or two.
Photography by Chad W Wooten
So how old do you want to be in your mind and the way you live your life? I’m really 56, but I feel like I’m 40, I’ll be adding that to one of my self love notes.
Life truly is a celebration! Each and every year we are given the gift to blow out those birthday candles, let us take not one day for granted.
If no one has told you this today, you are beautiful.
With much love and boxes of chocolates,