Especially in such an ageist arena as entertainment, it is refreshing to hear some positive views on accepting, even embracing, our inevitable aging.
Felicity Huffman thoughtfully expresses her perspectives on aging as an actor.
“I’m in a place I never thought I could be,” she says.
“When I was a young actor, I had so many dreams. There were so many things I wanted to do. But the nature of the business can knock the stuffing out of you.
“It was good for me, though, because I stopped looking for the next thing. I started being able to really appreciate everything. I could be in the present more instead of always looking toward the next thing. So now, I’m glad to be older. I’ve grown into myself.”
[Redbook, March 2007 – posted on felicity-huffman.com]
She also comments, “There are so few perks about getting older. Everything heads south and you become less and less attractive, but one of the perks is that you can usually learn to come home to yourself. You’re a little more comfortable in your skin, as saggy as it is. And that’s a gift.” [imdb.com]
Playwright Eve Ensler (in her fifties) once enthused, “I really like who I am. And I really like aging… If it didn’t lead to death, it would be perfect.”
And Naomi Judd writes in her book Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully: Facts, Myths, and Good News for Boomers:
“We can’t bargain with the clock, but we can react by making the best choices. One most important choice is to choose to be at peace with ourselves exactly as we are… It was a life-affirming breakthrough when I saw I could choose not to allow the culture, media, and some ad agency to impose harmful, unrealistic views and ideas about beauty, size, and age on me.”
See more of her quotes in this post on my Creative Women site.