60 is just a number: A Woman’s Journey into Her Best Years

I am turning sixty and feel like I am standing at a unique juncture in my life, poised on the threshold of a new chapter filled with promise, wisdom, and maybe liberation – certainly once I retire which is a little way off yet. I am definitely not viewing this milestone as a sign of slowing down or fading away, rather an opportunity to embrace opportunities, pursue passions, and live my best life yet. That’s the plan!

Turning sixty marks a significant milestone – when I was in my 20’s and 30’s sixty seemed old and women of that age generally presented older than they do today. That said, even as someone who partakes in exercise and generally looks after themselves – health issues have not escaped me and aging issues have crept in. I feel that my sixties are the decade to do all those more energetic things on my list which includes lots of travelling, especially once I am retired. However, this is also a moment to reflect on the experiences, challenges, and triumphs that have shaped my journey thus far. It’s a time to celebrate the wisdom gained from decades of living, to cherish the relationships that have sustained me, and to acknowledge the resilience that has carried me through life’s ups and downs.

For many women, the onset of their sixties seems to bring a newfound sense of freedom and self-assurance. Freed from the pressures of youth and the expectations of others, they feel empowered to live life on their own terms, unapologetically embracing their passions and priorities. Whether it’s pursuing a long-held dream, traveling to far-off destinations, or indulging in newfound hobbies, turning sixty can be a catalyst for exploration and self-discovery.

Moreover, the sixties are often characterised by a deepening sense of self-awareness and acceptance. Women in this age group have had ample time to learn, grow, and evolve, and they are more comfortable than ever in their own skin. They understand their strengths and weaknesses, embrace their quirks and imperfections, and cultivate a sense of inner peace and contentment that comes from knowing who they are and what truly matters to them.

One of the most liberating aspects of entering one’s sixties is the newfound freedom from societal expectations and pressures. Women no longer feel the need to conform to arbitrary standards of beauty or success, and they are less concerned with others’ opinions of them. Instead, they prioritise a sense of authenticity and self-expression, regardless of societal norms or conventions.

Moreover, turning sixty often coincides with significant life transitions, such as retirement or becoming an empty nester. While these changes may initially be daunting, they also present opportunities for reinvention and renewal. With newfound time and flexibility, women can explore new interests and do the things they have never had the time to do!

In addition to personal fulfilment, many women in their sixties find that this decade brings a deeper appreciation for the beauty and richness of life. They savour the simple pleasures—the warmth of the sun on their skin, the laughter of loved ones, the beauty of nature—and find joy in the moments, both big and small. With each passing year, they recognise the preciousness of time and the importance of living each day to the fullest.

In conclusion, turning sixty marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in a woman’s life. Far from being a time of decline, it is a period of growth, exploration, and self-discovery. Sixty, after all, is just a number and I am sensing and very much hoping that I am about to embark on my best decade yet!