Today is my mother’s 60th birthday. That really sounds weird to say, because it’s so hard to believe when you see her.
I have an image in my head of what someone is supposed to look like when they are 60, and my mom does not match that image. More than once in my 30s, people have genuinely assumed she is my sister instead.
But in addition to definitely not looking anywhere close to 60 years old, something I really respect about my mom’s perspective on life is this:
She has never once been ashamed of, or afraid of, her age. Whether it was back when she turned 40, and then 50, and now 60, she is simply proud of that somewhat arbitrary number.
A couple of months ago, I actually interviewed my mom on the YouTube channel for Family Friendly Daddy Blog. Feel free to check out the video below, where you can hear her say it herself, that she fully embraces whatever age she is:
I feel that because of how my mom has always viewed her age at the time, I have modeled my own perspective of aging in the same way:
To be vocal about it in everyday conversations is to your remind yourself of how many years you’ve been blessed with life on this planet with the people you love.
It’s very obvious, especially after you watch that video, that it’s against my mom’s identity to focus on the negative aspects of getting older.
Or to use that cliche about it being her 29th birthday instead of her real age.
No, not my mom. She is proud to be 60 years old.
She’s proof that it’s a choice.
You can choose to celebrate each new year of your own life.
Granted, I can’t deny it’s easy for a 60 year-old woman to be proud of her age when she looks so amazing for her age… but still, I know my mom would still feel the same way:
Don’t be ashamed of your age. Be grateful for all the years you’ve lived so far.