We as women have this thing where we think aging is a bad thing. Like our life is over once we reach middle age and everything is downhill from there.
Turn 40? You’re suddenly old and boring.
Staring 50 in the face? Better not try to run that mile. Your body surely can’t handle THAT.
And 60? Pffft. Start looking for a comfy recliner and some crossword puzzles, because life is over.
Stop that nonsense!!! Nothing could be further from the truth. Aging shouldn’t stop you from pushing yourself, or stop you from continuing to dream. Life doesn’t stop when middle age hits.
Below are a handful of badass women who will tell you to keep on living.
“I am running well, why should I stop?”
Man Kaur (103 year old runner)
“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived.”
“I used to think 50 was old. I was wrong. Not even close.”
Harriet Anderson (79 years old and oldest female to ever finish the Ironman World Championship
“Women grow radical with age. One day an army of gray haired women may quietly take over the earth.”
“All your life, you think 60 is ancient, and all of a sudden, you find you’re 60 and you don’t really feel that different. I feel stronger and more engaged. This is the best time of my life.”
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”
“I may be a senior, but so what? At least I’m hot.”
“Aging is out of your control. How you handle it, though, is in your hands.”
Diane Von Furstenberg
“As a woman gathers more years, she becomes more bold, which is not the same as brave: Brave is jumping in. Bold is jumping in led by Angels. In age, we learn to know the difference, for certain, older is bolder.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
“The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me?”
“I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves.”
“The older I get, the more I see how women are described as having gone mad, when what they’ve actually become is knowledgeable and powerful, and f*king furious.”
“No but seriously. Normalize finding love in your 40s. Normalize discovering and chasing new dreams in your 30s. Normalize finding yourself and your purpose in your 50s. Life doesn’t end at 25. Let’s stop acting like it does.”
“Why do they say we’re over the hill? I don’t even know what that means and why it’s a bad thing. When I go hiking and I get over the hill, that means I’m past the hard part and there’s a snack in my future.”
“Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won’t live long enough to find out about, but I’m still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, ‘I’m going to be 30 - oh, what am I going to do?’ Well, us that decade! Use them all!”
Stop letting age make your decisions for you. Go out there and do the things you want to do but were always afraid to do or try. Life isn’t meant to be lived from a recliner!