You know you are getting older when the bad fashion you wore in high school has come full circle and is now on trend, or when you hear an old song that was your teenage anthem and realize it is classic rock (here’s looking at you, Nirvana). Aging, of course, is a natural part of life, but women tend to have a greater sense of pressure to not wrinkle, to not go grey, to simply not age. It is something we are surrounded by both in the media and the beauty industry, and while this could be a lengthy discussion in and of itself, there are some women in the spotlight who are aging gracefully and for which we admire. Here are some of our favorite leading ladies and a roundup of their thoughts on aging.
“One day I literally woke up and thought ‘My god, these knees have been with me for 60 years. Wow! I’ve had these elbows for 60 years. My heart has been beating for 60 years. The feet I stand on have carried me for 60 years.’ And when you think about it that way, you can be nothing but grateful.”
Oprah refers to each passing year as “a brand new journey,” and encourages her readers to do the same.
“Think about it: You get one chance to be 25, 38, 44, 61 and every age before and between. Why wouldn’t you want to experience all the wonder in each step on your path?” she questions.
“If you’re blessed to enough to grow older, there’s so much wisdom to be gained from celebrating the process with vibrancy and vigor and grace,” Winfrey shares. “One day I literally woke up and thought ‘My God, these knees have been with me for 60 years. Wow! I’ve had these elbows for 60 years. My heart has been beating for 60 years. The feet I stand on have carried me for 60 years.’ And when you think about it that way, you can be nothing but grateful.”
“When am I supposed to freak out? When am I supposed to feel like, ‘Oh, my knee! Oh, ouch!’ I don’t feel any of those things! I feel like our aging marker needs to be rejiggered. I heard Halle Berry refer to her pregnancy at 47 as a ‘geriatric pregnancy,’ which is ridiculous! It’s insulting. Obviously, as women we’ve evolved.” She laughs. “My eyesight is shit, though. I already was nearsighted, but now I can’t see anything.”
“I’ve had more fun post-40 than I can remember,” Aniston says. “From a work point of view, a physical point of view, a psychotherapeutic point of view.”
On turning 40 earlier this year: “When I was a kid I felt like I should be older, Then when I was in my twenties, I was like ‘No, I want to be a kid,’ finally.” “It’s the first time in my life my age has met up with where my life is,” said Barrymore. “I love being 40.”
“…Every day for the last few years I have a little chat with myself. “Okay, Diane… your hands still wash your face. You can still feel hot water. See’s Candies peanut brittle is still your favorite dessert. The wild parrots on the telephone wire outside your bathroom still sing to you every morning, and just like them, you’re still a live animal. Be grateful for what you have, you big jerk.”
“Looking old should be a boast about experiences accrued and insights acquired, a triumphant signal “that you are someone who, beneath that white hair, has a card catalog of valuable information.”