I’m not going to sugar coat it. Many things truly suck about getting older. Kissing your younger days goodbye and watching (some) husbands, employers, and advertisers skip over you for the younger, cheaper, or cheekier version is as hard to swallow as dry cake.
Did You Get the Memo?
In case you didn’t get the memo, women of a certain age no longer enjoy these female perks any more.
- Waking up and looking fresh like Mary Ann on Gillygan’s Island (instead picture Anne Bancroft as Ms. Dinsmoor in Great Expectations).
- Touching your toes or striking a Kamasutra position without the need for Advil.
- Getting the bartender to take your drink order among a sea of shot-ordering GenYs.
- Getting out of a speeding ticket by flashing a little ankle in your Capri’s in your Cheerio-littered minivan
- Initiating sex with your husband two or three times a week (slash that, a month) without double dosing of your testosterone troches.
Yes, ladies these days are gone and good riddance. However, your beauty, spirit and sparkle can shine so bright people will need blue blockers to take in your authentic glow.
Be More Vibrant, Less Viagra (Stiff & Fake)
I recognized my true beauty in 2011 when during an international yoga retreat my Tai Chi instructor quite unexpectedly named me “the light” of the group. It made me smile because I had promised myself to be a vibrant woman earlier that year and it felt marvelous to be focused on my inner beauty and to feel most beautiful of all without makeup, blower dryers, or any false pretenses. Just being one with the group and the rain forest was enough.
I feel more beautiful than ever because every day I connect with other women, who show up slightly disheveled to our yoga classes, smiling and beaming in good health because they are at peace with who they are (and finally I am too).
As you may know by now, I recently found the courage to compete on a reality show, “The Job”, for a fashion editorial position at Cosmo among candidates half my age. Though I was the first to be eliminated, I won.
I won because I demonstrated that I am, like other women my age, beautiful, talented, vibrant, relevant, fashionable, sexy and hireable. This I know and this confidence finally shows through me from the inside out (unless I’ve stayed up writing until 3 in the morning, which I often do. Then I don’t glow until midmorning or midday).
Turning your inner light on attracts the right moth to your flame. Author and Yogi Damien Bohler describes all the wonderful things he finds sexy about women in this great blog post and looks have nothing to do with it. Read 10 things I Find Sexy About Women That Have Nothing to Do with Looks.
Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is the light in the heart.
Join me later today (hey I’m snowed in) to learn the five things you can do to shine brighter than a Hasbro Lite-Brite Kit and the five actions you can take to help short-circuit society’s youth obsession (hint: protest photo shopped celebrity images and sexism in the media).
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