I have just passed a landmark birthday, my sixtieth. So, how do I feel hitting this number?
The stereotypical sixty-year-old of my mother’s generation was expected to collect her bus pass, get a fuss free perm, and retire, gracefully. Not now!!
Most of us in this age-bracket have a different mindset. We try our very best to have as much fun and adventures as possible in this “part two” of life.
I read this quote lately – “age is irrelevant unless you’re a vintage vino or stilton”, which sums it up, nicely.
Of course, as I write this post, restrictions have been reintroduced in the UK. This is due to a rise in the infection rate of Covid-19 which kind of puts everything into perspective.
The main thing to conquer is this flaming virus. Though, I still managed to have a little birthday celebration with my family, which I loved.
Amongst all of this, we are due to go to Turkey, next week. This holiday was booked as a surprise for me hitting 60. Currently, the travel company and government are saying it’s safe to go. Of course, things could change between now and then.
One thing we’ve all learnt in 2020 is to expect change and take everything in our stride while trying our best to have a philosophical mindset and to “go with the flow”.
I don’t think I have ever had a “midlife crisis” – if that means behaving differently from my usual self. I’ve just never felt the need. Maybe, I got this out of my system when I was younger. My husband is a musician and we both lived in London during the days of “The Punks” then “New Romantics”. It was definitely a time of self-expression and it was great being part of it, though I didn’t realise how good it was, at the time.
I was never a punk, myself, but I do remember the shop “SEX”, owned by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren on the King’s Road. This is where I saw all the punk brigade congregating, on a Saturday afternoon. I was fascinated by their makeup and outfits. Some of them looked spectacular.
Chrissie Hynde and Sid Vicious worked at the shop.
I have just had a trip down memory lane reading Boy George’s autobiography. It was such a great read and brought back so many memories of music venues my hubby played at, and which we also frequented, as punters – the “Music Machine”, “Hope and Anchor”, in Islington, and “Marquee”, in Wardour Street. I do adore “The Clash” and “The Stranglers”, from that time.
While he was doing his thing, I was working for “Chelsea Girl”, which was rebranded to “River Island”, in the late eighties. I worked in their buying department which was based at their head office, near Ealing.
I made some great friends and had a good time working there, getting an in-depth look into how the fashion world works on the high street.
Currently, I have read about so many women in my age group who are inspiring, hardworking with great “attitude”. We are no longer shy in coming forward. Us, middle-aged women, have changed for the better.
Now that sixty is upon me, I certainly don’t feel old. My combination of life experience – some good and bad – has given me a positive attitude. And I try my best to have a “what the hell,” mindset.
I am overjoyed at the men my children have become, now that they have finally “left the nest”. So, this is the time to try and be a little unselfish with ourselves. I know this isn’t always easy or always possible as we still have responsibilities. Hopefully, it’s the time to try and have some adventures – fun and mischief – if not now, when?
I’m not the only one bidding farewell to my fifties, this year. I’m in great company: Julianne Moore, Daryl Hannah, Tilda Swinton, and Elizabeth Perkins, to name a few. All of them defying ageist stereotypes – proving that we haven’t passed our “sell-by date”, just yet.
This year has been a time to clear out cupboards and wardrobes and to really think about what we have and need. I haven’t been buying a lot and I’ve only added a few key pieces to my wardrobe which I know will serve me well.
I fell for this ruffle flowy dress on the mango website at the beginning of the summer, but, at £79.99, it was a little too expensive. So, when I saw it in the sale for £49.99, I sent away for it! It is a little “showier” than I would normally wear. But I’m so pleased I bought it and will wear it a lot as I feel good in it. It’s definitely a dress to swish around in.
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