The whole age thing cracks me up. That is cracks me up as in has me laughing, not cracks me up as in lines on my face. What regularly gets me laughing is comments from others that make me aware that they must see me as being old or of a certain age. It brings home to me the fact that I don’t experience myself in that way and the amusement is at the absurdity of it all.
In a certain number of years, I will die (as will we all) and then come back again and by then the 8 year old will be much older than me as we each go around and around in our cycles. So, it is really a question of where each of us is on our cycle at any given time.
I am currently 60 years of age and my business partner Nikki is in her 30s. What triggered me to write this was my having a meeting with my regional bank manager yesterday who asked me if Nikki was my daughter. That made me realise that I must look a lot older than Nikki which I regularly forget.
One reason I forget that I look older is because I feel more vital, healthy and alive than I ever did in my life. When I look in the mirror I see love, joy and playfulness shining back at me.
It never used to be like that. When I was a teenager and in my 20s I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and often felt heavy and exhausted.
These days I work 7 days a week and am on the go all day starting at about 3.30am every day. I absolutely love my work, husband, friends, life, colleagues and all the many projects I am involved in.
I love being in my 60s which so far is the best ever because I have also reached a level of wisdom and space where I rarely react, have a huge amount of life experience and don’t have any personal issues anymore. Yes, stuff comes up from time to time, but I deal with it and don’t see it as an issue but an opportunity to evolve. I know a woman in her 20s who is like that too so it is not necessary to wait until 60 to be a wise elder and of course many make it into their later years without wisdom and understanding.
So yes, the reality is that my body is ageing gracefully and I have no inclination to kick a football around, and clearly I must look physically oldish to people (maybe it is my grey hair) but on another level, we are all as ageless and wise as we allow ourselves to be.
Nicola L., Australia