I’m 61 years old and still working part time. I really feel the aging thing; especially starting a new job and working with young people. They have no idea what it’s like but I’m sure I was the same way when I was young. But I do not wish I was young again; I have no interest, whatsoever, in doing this all over again.
I can’t wait to retire; I wish I could retire today. It always amazes me when I hear people say they don’t have anything else to do. Most times its men who have wives who always have something to do and want them out of the house. Or apartment dwellers who keep tidy. I always have something to do. There are things I have to do before I can get to the things I want to do. But never, never do I have ‘nothing to do’.
I don’t die my hair; I love my grey streaks. If I was in my 40’s or maybe 50’s, I would still die my hair. But I think at 60 you should start thinking about rocking grey hair. So many women die their hair that if you have grey hair people assume you are in your 70’s. I’ve seen many women my age with plain brown hair and I don’t think it looks better. It looks like an older lady with brown hair. When you do go grey you have to have a good hair cut so you don’t look haggish. My hair dresser told me to use purple shampoo to make it shinier and it works! Just cheap but purple shampoo and ,no, it’s doesn’t make the grey purple. I also use spray-on conditioner. Shines like polished silver!
I look after my skin, doing the whole cleansing, toning and moisturizing every night. The best thing for your skin is eating leafy greens and drinking carrot juice. The carrot juice, however, leads to one thing I don’t like to do but society has raised the bar so high; teeth whitening. Like shaving the legs and armpits; I just begrudgingly do it. Lucky those with spouses who love them just the way they are; I’m still hoping to attract someone.
But I’m not trying to look young. Many years ago my mother used to say; “Look good FOR YOUR AGE”. I embrace that wholeheartedly, I still want to look good but I’m fine with looking 61. It took me a long time to get here and I’m proud of me. I’m not ashamed of my age; so what if someone though I was 58…. who cares? I would much rather someone think, “I hope I look that good at that age!” And when you see an old person who looks good; they look healthy. That’s what looks good in old age; healthy and happy, not puffy and fake.
And as for being young at heart? I think that means still being open to new things and for that you have to be healthy and happy. Unlike aging; it doesn’t just happen; you have to get into those habits while you are young. It will all end up just being your habits so make good ones now while you still can.