I am not the 60 year old that the world told me to expect I'd become....

By Antoinette Raymond

I am not the 60 year old that the world told me to expect I’d become. And by the world I mean my family, my culture, the media, friends, the workplace, my children, etc.

I’m doing more, achieving more, struggling more, challenging myself more than I was led to believe would happen after I turned 50 - and definitely not after I’ve turned 60!

And I know I’m not alone. So many of us feel unseen, unheard, misunderstood and more certainly misrepresented. But I also know we - women over 50 - are not not talking about things enough. It’s as if we were given the playbook for how to be young girls, teens, young women, moms, working women, grandmothers… and then it stops. No more playbooks. We just seem to fade away into a space that’s deemed appropriate… for our age.

We’re expected to quietly fade out, continue to give in ways that are what is expected from us, and not make too much of a fuss.

I definitely don’t agree with that.

I know I’m still learning every single, damn day. And I’m learning so much from my sister-friends who are on this journey with me. I’m curious and open to new ways of being fully present and joyful now that I’m 60.

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