Today I Turn 60
So I asked myself, what does 60 feel like?
Is it about having a full head of wildly curly gray hair with brilliant magenta patches? Still looking great in leggings and tank tops? Feeling more healthy than I have at several other points in my life? Is it about dancing with my Elle to the tune of some crazy song? Laughing with my Cass when he sneaks in one of those teasing pranks on me?
Someone send me a birthday card joking about being Sexy and Sixty. It captured where I am in life perfectly. I am a damn sexy 60 year old woman. Never thought I would say that but there it is.
I want all of you women out there reading this to know: the thing making you outrageous and sexy at 60 is loving yourself for all that you are – and living into that. It took me years to understand that. And when I did, my life turned outrageously fun and love filled it.
I’ve had the opportunity to do lots of wonderful and wild things in my life from driving my little Porsche on a race track to painting in Monet’s gardens to being the second person in the world to create computer icons. I have 21 patents to my name and am the one who created the graphic known affectionately as Moof. I helped produce a comic book about the Java mascot Duke and lived through conversations with Steve Jobs.
I’ve hit walls creatively and walked away from failed relationships and build houses on hills only to drive away from them one day. Made lots of mistakes and there are things I regret saying to people. I walked away from hi-tech and became the artist I always wanted to be. I've spent days on mountains doing vision quests and days on mountains painting and drawing.
My life has been a tapestry of change and movement and creation. I never know where my path will lead me and these days that's just the way I like it. I didn’t always, but somewhere along the way I realized it was best to just let go of having grand plans because my life was about walking my path, not forcing things to go however I might think they needed to go. Choosing to follow my heart’s desire was the best choice I ever made.
I plan to have lots more adventures visiting deserts, creating paintings, laughing at pranks, flirting with the man of my heart and raising my amazing daughter.
If this is what 60 feels like than I’m keeping it.