WHEN was the last time a woman you know actually looked forward to her 50th birthday? So many fear that as they age they’ll lose their attractiveness and become “invisible”, or that they’ll become weak and dependent on others.
Women in their twenties are exhorted to start using anti-wrinkle creams and exercise diligently in order to hold onto their youth for as long as possible because “it’s all downhill after 30”.
I wonder though if any of these fears are warranted. I like spending time with older women. I’m always struck by how much I want to be like them. Abundant wisdom, confidence, beauty and peace seem to accompany their age. They’ve taught me that no matter how old you are you always have the freedom to be truly yourself (wrinkles and all) and to better the world through your unique personality and gifts.
The fact is, ageing is a part of life. We can try to slow down the process through surgery and creams but eventually it hits us all. So let’s welcome it and celebrate all the life we’ve been given with each passing year, knowing that the best is yet to come.
Be happy, laugh a lot and enjoy your life. As the saying goes, “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old. You grow old when you stop laughing.” PULANE SOETSANG, FRANKFORT