Decades: 60’s are Beautiful

May 22, 2014

“60’s are Beautiful” is the second installment in my “Decades” series….celebrating the beauty of women from their 50’s through 90’s. To view the first post in the series, visit here.

I think 61 year old Liz was such a great choice for representing how the 60’s can look and feel! Calm – yet energetic, her smile was always at the ready, and it was such fun to photograph her in her beautiful home with the afternoon sun shining through. Here was her take on the question of what she loves about the age she is at now…

* the wisdom and discernment that has arisen from awareness and paying attention for the past many decades
*  the capacity to follow my passions and engage in a life rich with meaning: positive, healthy relationships with family and friends, a career that brings great joy to me and contributes to the well being of others, time and finances for travel and adventure during our NW winter months
* feeling strong, healthy, confident and and capable
* the ability to flow with the ups and downs that life provides and to learn from these challenges
* the development of a keen sense of gratitude that allows me to pause and take note of all the wonder in my world and that of the greater  world
And what would she tell her 20 year old self if she could?
*You will not be all that different – you will love the same things, so do not delay in pursuing them. You will however, as you mature, have an opportunity to examine the innermost workings of your mind – and “to not believe everything you think”, leaving behind that which does not serve you and others. Take this opportunity – really get to know yourself and work on becoming the best self that you can possibly be
* Know that any kindness that you give can make a difference, a big difference even. You may or may not ever come to know this directly, but you do have great ability to positively impact lives. Why chose anything other than that?
* Always chose kindness, avoid gossip. Cut people some slack and realize there is so much under the surface that you do not understand or know, avoid harsh judgements.  Yet, choose to surround yourself as much as possible with those who lift you up and bring positive energy to your life.
* Live big and pursue that which brings you joy – this is how you will best serve others. I have never regretted the choices of “going for it”, but I do recall a few times when I did not and those opportunities are gone. That said, use discernment in decision making and do your best to not over schedule. Over scheduling leads to stress  and has the opposite affect of working for peace, happiness, and well being.
* And always, always have a grateful heart, allowing time to take in all the goodness that abounds.
And her favorite quote:
“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit. This is the most basic kind of peace work.”
– Thich Nhat Hahn
(This Series started HERE, and the next one in the Series can be seen HERE)