Growing Bold

“Accept the passage of time.  The older you get the more you should learn to love life & appreciate the beauty that comes with age.” ― Diane von Furstenberg

It’s a fact of life, time moves forward never backwards, and as time moves we cruise right along with it if we’re lucky. Now, I’ve never been one to complain about getting older or lie about my age. I love that I’m 39 (soon to be 40 this year, but that’ll be a whole different post). I’ve lived a happy life, of course with bumps along the way, but it’s been a good life. The thing is, as we get older sometimes we get caught up in that mentality that time is catching up to us and we haven’t “lived”. And I wonder, does getting older have to be a nail in a coffin? Why can’t it be the start of something new– a new stage in our lives yet to discover.

This weekend I watched Advanced Style: The Documentary on Netflix — and my lovelies if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s time you did.

The documentary is based on the style blog by New York photographer Ari Seth Cohen, Advanced Style:I roam the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”

Isn’t that what life should be? Instead of locking yourself away thinking you have one foot in the grave shouldn’t this be the time you do the things that make you happy and just be absolutely fierce about the life you’re living.

Society tends to embrace older men over older women. Aging men are seen as “interesting” and “wordly” while we’re just expected to step aside and hide in the shadows, but these ladies are proof that “hell no!”  You can (and should) do the opposite. That’s what’s so inspiring about the Advanced Style movement. They’re challenging the notion that life stops at a certain age. These women are living by their own terms– and it’s fabulous!

And that’s how I want to grow old– on my own terms, not slotted inside the boxes society has set for me. I want to soak up as much life as possible. I want to enjoy the time with my husband, family, friends and most importantly myself. That should be our goal, to enjoy the time you’ve been given in this world. Think of growing older as a new chapter in your life and finish writing your story by your own rules.

Until next time my lovelies,

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11 thoughts on “Growing Bold

  1. LOVE THIS! One thing I remember most about about my grandmother was she dressed how she wanted. She loved big Panama Hats also wore gold rings on every polished finger, she was a G lol! Her reddish hair was always curled to perfection in my eyes and she never hesitated to rock sneakers with her look, she was casual and stylish in her own way and though she passed at an early age she showed me through example that it’s about being happy and comfortable in your own skin! Nice post I wil def check that out on Netflix!

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  2. #BLMGirl here. This was a great one, and it reminded me so much of my grandma. Even in her older years as dementia set in, she never once allowed her appearance to falter. She rocked her snazzy clothes, primped her hair, and popped on lipstick — even if she wasn’t going anywhere. Thank you for this and allowing me to draw up so many fond memories.

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