I’m five weeks away from turning 65 and for some reason it’s not bothering me. Sixty was a shocker, but something happened between 60 and 65 and I feel quite positive about the coming years. A couple of months ago I was prompted to sign up for Medicare. Oblivious – I had no idea I would be required to take Medicare at 65. I was always under the impression it came hand in hand with social security and that seemed so far in the future I never gave it a thought.
I’m not dwelling on my coming birthday, however the whole Medicare thing has me thinking about it more than usual. I was watching the Academy Awards last week and thoughts of age again surfaced. The question on my mind was can you successfully fight age or are you better off running with it, embracing it, and enjoying all the benefits of age? Seeing woman in their 60’s plus like Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Helen Mirren, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon, and of course Sophia Loren are an inspiration. All the wrinkles are there but they look terrific and I’m guessing they too have come to terms with their age and are the better for it. In their profession they surely had some hard years, forced to go from ingénue to mother to grandmother in their roles, and I imagine they came to a cross roads at some point, should we fight age or should we embrace it?
At 65 I feel free to be myself, I also feel tremendously fortunate. I’m healthy, my children are healthy, successful and happy. I have a beautiful grandchild and two wonderful daughters in law. I’m successful in my career and I like what I do. I’ve finally figured out what weight is healthy for me and how to maintain it. I know what clothes look good on me and no longer worry about what’s in. I’ve cleaned out my closets and can buy fewer but better quality clothes. I know how to take care of my skin and hair and what foods I should eat and how much exercise I need to stay healthy. All this is to say I am embracing my 60’s, bring it on.