|Growing old? Bring it on!|
The programme highlighted that ageing is an attitude; there is no need to give up on life, work, love, fashion and excitement regardless of how old you are.
Anything is possible, even if you are officially classed a pensioner.
The least you can do is enjoying a ticket to ride in a flamboyant outfit with your well earned free bus pass!
We don't have to be rich, and health problems will crop up too, but we can all strive to enjoy life and be as unconventional as we want to be.
The programme couldn't have been shown at a better time for me, as I'm slowly approaching my 50th birthday - eek! Only a few months to go!
Deep down I have always known that I will never morph into a little old lady with permed hair wearing beige clothes and becoming invisible.
I've always hated beige and that mousy grey....50 shades of grey???
Give me 1000 shades of purple, red, green and blue with a dash of gothic black!
It's not about looking younger - it's about having fun and expressing personality and vibrancy.
It's about thinking and feeling young, which makes a person naturally attractive (no facelift required!).
And I will embrace my wrinkles and white hair. I won't torture my body with botox and plastic surgery only to live up to the media's ideal of forever-looking-young beauty.
"I was writing cookery books for decades, and one day I decided to become a weird artist." Sue Kreitzman, 73
Older women are beautifully captured
in the images of the Gaian Tarot
© Joanna Powell Colbert
And yes, I will always strive to keep fit and work my body, something I have been doing all my life and will continue until I can no longer move.
The women featured in the programme didn't have a charmed life. They have all suffered bereavement, loosing their beloved husbands, and one even lost her son.
But that didn't stop these ladies embracing life despite their painful experiences.
Yes, ageing is a mindset. We need more great role models like these, showing that life is for living, and we can be fabulous at every stage of our journey on this planet.
PS: Have you noticed that in many Tarot and Oracle decks women are depicted as young and pretty, whereas men are allowed to look older?
Do you own a deck that depicts older women as attractive, strong and graceful, rather than ugly and frail? Please do let me know ;)
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