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Random Thoughts: I’m Not Hiding My Neck Anymore

Brenda After Sixty

I spent the last few years trying to hide my neck in meetings and in restaurants, and being artful (translation: lying) about my age. This year I decided to embrace my years and be happy for the experiences and whatever wisdom the world has given me as I look to what comes next. (However, I’ll keep coloring my hair – even if I have to use shoe polish – until I’m carried out of the house feet first.)

Part of my reluctance to reveal my age is because I chose a career in Public Relations. While there are many professions where age is irrelevant, and even considered an asset, PR generally isn’t one of them.

But…

Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until she was 78. At 73, Sojourner Truth was still trying to get land grants for former slaves. Carol Channing performed into her 90s. Illustrator Tasha Tudor worked into her late 80s. Jane Goodall, 85 years old, still travels to advocate for chimpanzees and the environment.

So we’re not young anymore. Now in our 6th  decades and beyond, maybe we need help seeing, hearing, eating, walking. Maybe we have joints younger than our teeth, and teeth younger than our pets. Maybe we don’t drive at night. Maybe we miss our flip phones and freeze when faced with new technology (maybe an Amazon Fire TV stick collected dust until a Millennial showed us how to use it).

But we are here, and good for us. As we move through our lives my hope is that we’re able to stay curious and engaged. That we can expand our reach. What we don’t know we can learn. What we learn we can share. We can figure out healthcare, technology, ride sharing, online dating, fashion, beauty and more – together.

And remember: Once we reach our 60s we’re old enough to know better – but still young enough to get away with it!

XO Brenda

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Sheila Hamwey
Sheila Hamwey
2 years ago

Love your random thoughts page. We need this and your wise and funny words! Thank you.

patricia menno-coveney

Love your photo, Brenda! And you’re so right. I’ve always believed let the young ones have their due. We had ours. And now, well, as you say, we’re here so let’s make the most of it at our age. And accept the limitations – to an extent – but stay alert and willing to explore! Hats off to you for starting this blog and expanding your horizons!

Chris Hall
Chris Hall
2 years ago

Thank you for your upbeat and candid thoughts, Brenda. We are the same woman!
Your website (like your pithy comments) is remarkable, fascinating and FUN.
Keep those comforting thoughts coming!

John
John
2 years ago

You’re ageless and beautiful!

Patrice Broderick
Patrice Broderick
2 years ago

Good for you, Brenda. Inspiring! I can see a reluctance career-wise to reveal your age. For me, I am an actor. There are few roles for older folks when even theatre casting calls will ask for 30 year old grandmothers! Casting directors and film directors cannot ask adults to list their age. I am whatever age you think I am and do I fit the role you want me to play. I am the one to determine if it makes any sense or not for me to apply for a role in which I would play the wife of a 50 year old man. I can’t misrepresent who I am with an old photo. I can be a gray haired old woman (and cease to color my hair) but there are lots of them locally and few AARP and medicare commercials to compete in. People love my red hair and it puts me into a smaller group. So, I have less opportunities these days but I’m still having fun!

Laura George
Laura George
2 years ago

Congratulations you have made to the mature and the intelligent. You have always been happy and smiling. You have always loved life. Now you can do it with experience and be proud that you have made others smile with you. God bless you and your family with many more years of good health and peace. Stay safe.????

Evelyn Amrhein
Evelyn Amrhein
2 years ago

Beautifully written Brenda, and thank you my dear friend Sheila for sharing. Let us embrace our age, wrinkles and gray hairs along with our knowledge, wisdom, experience and desire to continue “living” without being invisible.

Vicki
Vicki
2 years ago

Brenda, it was delightful to read your blog. I especially appreciated words of humor, which indeed do resonate that you have great insight. The neck.. oh, yes, my nemesis, but no complaints, I do love scarves. I lost my hair due to a medical condition and it gave me a surprise of being snowy white. Honestly, great glasses and earrings went along way. The issue: age discrimination. The same businesses saw me much older, honked horns therefore providing extra sensitivity to never judge. Back to Auburn, I still laugh, as all you say is true especially about the Amazon Fire and technology. I’m going to sign up for your newsletter. The world needs a humor of sorts and wisdom. Xo Vicki, professional painter

Bonnie Koehler
Bonnie Koehler
2 years ago

Brenda, I love this! Here’s to more wisdom from you for all of us “women of an indiscriminate age”.

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