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‘Aging Isn’t for Wimps’ and Other Quotes From Our Readers

We asked our Facebook followers what part of aging has surprised them most? The answers we got kept us coming back for more.

I don’t give a damn what people think of me. Very freeing! Love being 70! — Jo Messer

The good: having more confidence The bad: aches in the knees, hard to get up and down with the grandkids! — Regina Jackey

My neck suddenly looking like my mother’s. Totally love the wrinkles around my eyes and my gray hair, but the neck thing freaked me out! — Deanna Davis Gilliam

My boobs and bum have gone to Argentina, but my husband tells me I am beautiful anyway. — Debbe Hysell

The sense of calm and control, interestingly. So many things I couldn’t control, so I let go of the need to try, which spilled over into the rest of my life. — Heather Jones

I’ve suddenly gained more confidence than I’ve had in years! I no longer care what people think. I speak my mind. But above all I’m now an older woman who can still give the young’uns a run for their money! Got told at a wedding the other day that I looked “top notch, spot on” by my husband’s younger cousin. I’ve still got it! — Debs Waite

Gray pubic hair. — Tanya Ewan

I don’t tolerate any bullshit like I used to, and I always feel restless, missing something. I’m happy, have a comfortable life with a wonderful partner. I have solitude and peace here with my family, but I feel like I’m still searching for something. — Shawna Babin

I rarely need to shave my legs anymore. I now need to shave my face! — Dinah DeJesus Plus

The happy realization that I don’t have to please anyone but myself. I can embrace skinny jeans, heels, shopping, travel, or just working in my garden. — Cathy Justice

Menopause is your wake-up call. Your mind suddenly says, “Are you kidding me?” You realize truths that never dawned on you before. I now understand why there are so many divorces at my age. We suddenly realize we may kill our husbands if we don’t divorce! — Janet Partin-Warren

Younger women who comment about how wonderful it is to see a woman my age knowing how to apply makeup so well. They seem so surprised that I can put on mascara! — Janice Aiello

Learning to embrace who I am, having confidence I never had when younger. — Liesl Gatton

I’m 59 and in the prime of my life. I am more confident than ever before. I may not be attractive in a youthful way, but I don’t care about beauty. I chose my friends carefully and never suffer fools. I say what I think. I’m not rude; I just don’t feel it necessary to express only popular opinions. I have more determination and willingness than adults half my age. I don’t consider a diagnosis a disability if I can overcome it. I love being my age, and I’m more comfortable being me than at any time in my life before. — Colleen Rodger

Wisdom and a calm confidence with decisions. Could have used that much earlier. — Shelly Liljequist

How fast the time goes. — Kyle Henderson

That my husband finds me more beautiful than when we were first married. He says he’s as surprised as I am! — Cheryl Hightower Suit

My skin is getting looser and dryer everywhere. I don’t heal as well as I use to. Things ache. Fear has to be overridden. Past 65 you have to be determined and brave. Keep using the stairs. Aging isn’t for wimps. — Sheelah Mahalath Bewley

How drastically everything changes in your body. You can eat well, exercise, and, if you have the money, you can have plastic surgery, but the truth is no matter what you will still look like an older woman. — Mish Volonino

Enjoying the freedom and celebration of me! I love my silver strands and still feel like I am 25 in my heart. — Donna Alexander Nico

Sagging skin and belly rolls! When did this happen?! Nevertheless, I accept it and enjoy life. — Dolores Arcelia Lopez Moraga

At 50, I have never loved myself more, felt more compelled to speak my mind, relished the freedom to tell people to f*ck off when they don’t add anything productive to my world, called bullsh*t more often, and done whatever the flippity flap I wanted to to leave this world on my terms, with my values. — Allison Winstead

Wisdom. Lightheartedness. Peace. — Linda Surles 

How fast it got here! — Marie Steffens

I am almost 65 and have never been happier. I’ve had white hair since I gave myself the OK to stop dying it when I turned 55. I’m 2 1/2″ shorter than I was in my 30s. I’m 40 pounds heavier than I was in my 30s. I have wrinkles, rolls, gas, indigestion, bad knees, arthritic hands, hardly any of my own teeth left, a sagging butt, a hairy upper lip with random hairs popping out overnight. I have to pee every 30 minutes during the day and at least twice a night. I’ve learned to never trust a fart. They are sneaky! All this being said, I’m still working 50-60 hours a week. I still feel that I am respected by friends, co-workers, and family — and some might say even feared. Either way, I own it. — Charlotte Gladden

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