I've been pondering ageing recently.
In relative terms I'm still young; but changes are afoot.
Some I don't mind; like the thicker skin I've developed and the ability to speak the truth often.
I don't love the few extra kilos that creep on when I let down my guard for a minute.
I really dislike that it takes twice as long to lose them.
Strangely though, as wrinkles appear and my hair begins to grey I actually feel better in my skin.
I have never shied away from the options available to maintain a semblance of youth.
I always said that if I needed it I would go under the knife, hell I'd go the whole carving set if I thought it might help.
But as that sweeping statement drifts closer to becoming reality I wonder if that is the path I will take...I'm beginning to suspect not.
I'm experimenting with growing the colour out of my hair. The blond was becoming yellow and the darker options were ageing against my skin
I won't stop minimal injectables; I don't need to wear a frown line.
But I don't indulge so much as to keep people guessing as to my real emotions.
I have spent time recently in the company of older women. All of whom look fabulous. Not just for their age, they stack up well against any number.
I leave their company and wonder what it is about them that I find so inspiring, so truly invigorating.
I've concluded that it is their vitality. Their total engagement - in the conversation, in their interests. The effort that they make that seems almost out-dated.
Except it's not.
Elegance is timeless, as are manners and a quiet self confidence
Add to that great hair, groomed nails and a healthy fit body and you are pretty well set.
Develop a certain je ne sais quoi to your style. A sartorial elegance as it were.
Then you've got it nailed.
Like Linda Rodin pictured above. Maybe a little thin, but so chic.
She is in her ‘60’s and beginning a new career, developing a fancy, schmancy facial oil. I think I have a girl crush - she nails it with her style. And apparently she does it all with a minimum of fuss.
Oh and go and see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - these gorgeous friends of mine tell me it is a wonderful feel good tonic - whatever your age.