Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Women of a Certain Age
Well, the secret is out, so I guess I might as well give up the idea of approaching my sixth decade with a sense of quiet humility.
Indeed, my friend Riley sent me a link to these pictures of women who are my contemporaries. And, look how amazing they are! The article was written in 2006, so they were three years younger in the photos.
In case you don't know them, they are, from left to right: Catherine Deneuve (65), Jacqueline Bisset (65), Helen Mirren (64), Diane Keaton (64) and Susan Sarandon (64).
I understand Jessica Lang - who is SUCH an amazing actor - turns 60 today.
Here's what I've discovered: Sixty is the new forty.
I'm healthier, stronger, and more secure than I was at age 40. The only thing that has really changed is that I suffer fools even less gladly than I used to.
Thanks to all of you who sent your birthday wishes on FaceBook. Each one was another petal on a glorious birthday bouquet.
I am clearly a woman who is deeply blessed with a loving family and many, many fine friends. I am so very grateful.
Now, if I can just get through the taunts from Ms. Conroy who will, as she has for over 33 years, tell me that I'm older. By 2 1/2 hours. It's her birthday tomorrow. I can't wait for her to see her present. (Tee hee).
Okay, now, back to work with the lot of you. My best birthday present will be to know that you have lived this day with joy and taken a risk for Jesus in your faith.
G'won now. Get out there and live your life, knowing that today, this day, you are creating memories, so choose to make them good ones. No matter what else you might lose or have taken from you, no one can steal your memories.
I have come to know that it is the fondness of memories which nurture and sustain the human heart.
Just my twenty-five cents worth of wisdom for the day.
G'own. Go, the whole lot of you! And, thanks.