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  1. I am with you! I have never hidden my age, nor have I been ashamed of it. I am a better, happier person in my 40s than I ever could have dreamed of being in my 20s. I have a knowledge and a confidence that I find attractive in myself, and that is far more important than what might be seen on the outside. I hope to be like your Nana…she sounds like a great role model!

  2. Totally agree with you. Being the younger sibling, maybe this is where I got how I always feel like I'm the youngest one in the room, whether it's true or not. I'm shocked sometimes to realize the kids today probably think I'm an old lady. I'm still me though (but thankfully with a little more maturity).

  3. I’m entirely with you. I am 46. I definitely look 46. I feel about 12 or 15 on the inside 🙂 I don’t care who knows my age. I am not trying to hide it.

  4. This is beautiful! I’m 47 and am proud to say it. The older I get, the more I embrace my age. Your Nana has a good thing young there. She’s definitely one to admire.

    Women should hide their age. Just no sense in it imo.

    • Laurie Stone

      Brenda, I never saw the point of hiding our age. Its who we are. I agree, Nana did have a good thing going. Miss her. Thanks for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      So happy to hear that Michelle. I’m totally with you. I get mad at girlfriends when they start listing all their “old” flaws. I say enjoy each stage of life, including the later ones.

  5. I totally agree with you, Laurie. I am very proud of my age. I will be 63 next month! I had a dear friend/mentor who taught me to make every single day of my life – my birthday. That way I would celebrate myself every day – instead of just once a year. I try to live by that. My father passed away very young………….I feel blessed to be able to age.

    • Laurie Stone

      Good point, Ellen. I never understand people who complain about their age, most of them being given a long, full life. I feel like they’re missing the big picture. Thank you for reading.

  6. Dr. Northrup was my GP when I lived in Vermont. She is a delight. I agree with you on this one though. Lets embrace our age and change cultural norms. Being outspoken and living large is the best way to do it.

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow, Anna, that’s very cool about Dr. N. being your GP. Yes, I’m surprised she would take such a strange stance on aging. Still like and respect her, though. Thanks for reading.

  7. I don’t flaunt my age, but I don’t hide it either. I look a lot younger than I am, and sometimes that works to my advantage. There is age discrimination and there are times when I have felt invisible in a room full of younger people. It is probably something I put on myself.

    • Laurie Stone

      Michele, I’m the same way. I’m neutral about age. I love people of all ages, and try and accept myself wherever I am on the journey. Thank you for reading.

  8. Hi Laurie! I saw that same show on PBS and felt the same as you. I think she has a lot to share with women our age (I’m 61) but I completely disagreed with her assessment not to tell her age. I got the impression that “looking young” was far more important to her than it is to me so maybe it’s that. Some women are extremely attached to their appearance and that makes it really hard for them to see themselves as older. While I realize that I looked younger when I was younger 🙂 I have always thought my mind and my personality were far more important. When looks lessen in importance, then age really doesn’t matter as much. ~Kathy

    • Laurie Stone

      Good point, Kathy. If its all about looks, then you’re right, its all about age. When our inner depths take center stage, then age recedes as an issue. Great thoughts and thanks so much for reading.

  9. I’m almost 53. Grandma to 5. 3rd level black prajioud in Muay Thai kickboxing. Yoga teacher. Bestselling author. I can put you into a state of deep relaxation or break your ribs

    I love being almost 53 and don’t care what anyone else thinks of a woman in the middle of her aging.

    • Laurie Stone

      Peggy, You have a full, amazing life. Age will never hold you back. I can see that from here. Thanks so much for reading.

  10. Age is a funny thing for many to admit. I like to celebrate milestones and my birthday in general. My favorite SIL adds years so people always, always say she looks so great for her age. The age qualifier complements like that do irk me but what can you say, we aren’t 20 any longer!

  11. I think you should decide on a case-by-case basis. If you really want the job and think your age will hurt your chances, why not stay silent until after the offer and acceptance? You can prove that age isn’t an issue after you get the job. But if you’re in a position to bust stereotypes, shout it from the top of your lungs.

    • Laurie Stone

      Good way to think of it, Liz. I agree, it depends on the situation. Why make it an issue if it isn’t, especially when it comes to employment.

  12. I disagree with her theory. I always tell my age–often before someone starts with the assumption I don’t want to talk about it. I figure by telling my age that I OWN it and I define it. If I play coy or worry then I’m somehow complicit in saying age is problematic–as I see it.
    I”m 63.

    • Laurie Stone

      Walker, I’m now 61 and must say, these years are so much better than I thought they could ever be. Like you, I could care less about about telling my age with whoever wants to know. For me, its a point of pride.

  13. I tell people my age – I find it hard to believe I am as old as I actually am at times though. I get a little bit sad when I see women trying to hold on to their 30’s when they could so easily be celebrating this age and stage and enjoying allowing themselves a little bit of slack!

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, I agree. Inside, I feel no different. Maybe that’s what really matters. I also think the outside reflects the inside.

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