Some of the happiest women I know are fifty and up. They’re always smiling. They’re always positive. They have this unshakable calmness about them. I can just tell that my concerns and problems seem so futile to them—like they know it will all work out for me, so they aren’t sweating it. Many of my favorite shows and movies are also about women who are past middle age (Hello “Grace and Frankie”!). There seems to be such a freedom that comes with getting older. I had a tiny taste of it—I know it’s really nothing—when I entered my thirties. I thought I’d feel like everything was over after my twenties but instead, I’ve felt just more stable and secure. I felt happier. I like to think that will only continue. I’ve spoken to some of my absolute favorite older women—they’re my second and third mothers, if you will—and here’s what they say about why getting older is actually awesome.
Always consider the alternative
First and foremost getting older is inevitable. We talk about it as if there was some other way. There isn’t. Well, there is: death. So many of the fabulous older women I love just focus on the fact that it’s so great they’re still here to enjoy life, friends, sex, travel, great food, and all the things they adore. The alternative ain’t so great.