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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

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