Every year we celebrate a birthday, yours, mine, ours; and look forward to another year ahead filled with inspiration and ideas and hope that this will be the year that IT will all come together (if it hasn't already- and let's face it, we are always searching for more!). 'It' coming together is, of course totally subjective, but whether it is a new job, a cool apartment, a longed for sojourn to the other side of the world, the day when you wake up and can confirm that - 'yep, I look good, I feel great, I'm independent and strong, I'm creative & intelligent, I'm loved and loving my family, I'm making a contribution and am valued.' Sometimes as women we struggle to see the stars have aligned on that day... because usually, that day is everyday!
For me, the perfect age is Now; this very day when you're in the here and now and celebrating every day with your family and friends (yes, that means trying to think what to cook for dinner again!). So whether you're 22, 33, 44, 55 or 66 - you're happy and healthy well, ...it's the perfect age regardless of digits.
And we are also seeing a shift in society now where late 30's and beyond is really where it's all happening for the ladies. Before it used to be, once you hit 40, well that was really it for you - you had to achieve all you wanted to before then otherwise you were not given a second glance. So mating and reproducing had alot to do with it; and when you jump the 40 fence you were considered in the 'crone' category - ugh! These days, older models front campaigns for designer brands (Isabella Rosellini for Bulgari & Linda Evangelista for Chanel eyewear), books are being published about the wardrobe styles of mature ladies (Seth Cohen's Advanced Style), and creatives such as Madonna, Vivienne Westwood, Vera Wang, Diane Von Furstenberg, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Judy Dench & Sonia Rykiel still contribute in their chosen field with brands and businesses growing yearly.
And so the motto is, walk briskly, drink more water, greet everything with a smile, enjoy and celebrate every day, with the wisdom and knowledge of all that you experienced before comes together to make up who are you today and tomorrow. Is that a little smile of content I see in the corner of your lips? Go on, enjoy it.
What's your perfect age? Tell me more...
Image: Illustration by TheStyleSchedule
Inspiredby: Article: The Perfect Age by Katrina Lawrence, Madison Magazine, May2012