There is a lot of self-reckoning as I approach my 60th birthday, observations and maxims that are guiding me into what I hope is a graceful, but still playful, next chapter.
Following is a list of things I try to keep in mind as I forge on to this new adventure:
- Just because you can still fit into something you wore in college doesn’t mean you should wear it. Unless it’s a necklace.
- Wear less makeup.
- Wear more sunscreen.
- Flirt and laugh with abandon.
- Always have at least one pair of outrageously sexy shoes.
- Be kind to young women. They think it will never happen to them.
- Get a good haircut, but not necessarily a short haircut.
- When the going gets tough, the tough get a mani-pedi.
- Exercise more.
- Argue less.
- Embrace technology. It will make your life easier at every turn.
- Corollary: Befriend a geek.
- Do something that scares the pants off you.
- Apologize. It’s almost never the wrong thing to do.
- It is no longer appropriate to dress up as a sexy anything at Halloween. Nurse. Cat. Maid. It’s over.
- Depend on the kindness of strangers – but be ready to do it yourself.
- Who ever said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” evidently has never tasted a perfect grilled cheese or a perfect martini.
*I have until February 7, 2013 to arrive at 60 healthy, fit, and full of beans.
SMTS is a record of my journey.