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July 20, 2009: Sixty Pluses

In the months, weeks, and days leading up to my sixtieth birthday in late June, I felt depressed. "Where has the time gone?" I kept asking myself. I chafed at the image of myself as a truly older lady.

I spent the actual event among colleagues at an advisory board meeting for the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, so I was in wonderful company. The weather, as usual in high June, was lovely, and we dined outdoors.

Now that I've crossed into my sixties I find I love my age! Sixty is the beginning of a new decade for me, so much more interesting than the end of an old one. Yoga practice has made me more agile and strong than I remember from younger years. Sixty seems more stylish than that dumpy 59.

Two books were torchbearers as I made this little transition, Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill, and I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. Athill, an editor who worked for a London publishing firm through age 70 and began writing after that, published this particular volume at 91, and had all sorts of pithy British things to say about aging. New Yorker Ephron wrote her witty essays on hair and nail maintenance and other women's issues at 60 and is now 70 and as classy as ever.

Less than a month into my sixth decade of life, I find myself quite happy, grateful, and looking forward to 70, which seems way cooler than 60, certainly better than 69.

Today's Fortune Cookie Fortune:
You will age gracefully.

 

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009 by Registered CommenterMarianne Fons | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

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