Five habits I thought I would have outgrown by now. In my seventh decade, I have a lot of wisdom. Many childish habits and worries have fallen by the side. Confidence has replaced youthful insecurities. I am experienced in love, money, and the Ways of the World.
“We are always the same age inside.”-Gertrude Stein
There are a few areas, however, in which I can’t move the needle past age 16 or so. And maybe I don’t want to! So here are confessions from a senior goddess who still thinks a new lipstick might change her life:
- I get crushes. Oh, dear, I still get massive crushes on celebrities. My latest is Henry Cavill, who played Superman and had a major role in the BBC series, The Tudors. I have Googled his pictures, re-watched The Tudors, and yes, imagined that he likes women of a Certain Age (his mum’s age, no doubt). I have the wisdom to channel this robust enthusiasm into my own love life.
- I laugh like a crazy person at stupid movies. I thought by now I’d have outgrown Animal House and CaddyShack and Young Frankenstein. But I still hurt myself laughing at and quoting these old chestnuts. That’s a peach, hon.
- I exceed the speed limit and pass on the right. Not all the time of course! But lots of times. I haven’t acquired “old lady driving” habits yet, and I haven’t gotten a speeding ticket for over 25 years. So I am getting better at this.
- I love loud rock and roll, especially outside, on a warm night. Classics for sure (Stones, Led, The Who) and newer stuff that “the kids” listen to. It gets my pulse racing and I feel some of those rumbles I felt as a young woman, at a Battle of the Bands in New Jersey.
And one more thing that I can’t say on the internets, in case my nieces are reading. 😊
“Ah, but I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now”Bob Dylan
Any adolescent habits you’re holding on to, re-visiting, or trying to shake? We have to grow old, but we don’t (always, in every way) have to grow up. Hope your day is wonderful!
Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash (your hands), xo
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