Sixty years old! Yikes it sounds so old and I still have to slap myself to believe that I reached this milestone age earlier in the year. As it has turned out my first year of being sixty has been pretty amazing and although I was dreading it I’m now loud and proud to be this age.
When I was young (a distant memory now), I thought anyone over the the age of forty was practically past it and over the hill. Truly I did. However as I’ve gotten older I’m more accepting of age and hate it when people write you off because you’re of a certain age. Even though my body tells me on a daily basis that I’m definitely a little older, I still think as myself as reasonably spritely for my age.
For my age! Don’t you just hate it when people say “you’re good for your age”? It’s kind of a backhanded compliment. In other words they’re taken aback by your ability to do something that young people do, like navigating technology, because you look too old!
For example, I took my daughter along to my Pilates class a few months ago and she was rather surprised as to how difficult the class was. She remarked afterwards that she was impressed by the fact that I did every exercise and barely raised a sweat (or a groan of pain)! I was kind of flattered until I realised that she simply assumed I would be doing an easy class because of my age.
My actual birthday in February was very low key because I was at that point in denial of turning sixty. I had lunch out with the girls and then a small dinner party with family and close friends. The big celebration of my year of turning sixty, was a Mediterranean Cruise and three weeks travelling in Italy, that I had planned for April and May. This was a superb holiday and was definitely a big highlight of the year.
When I returned from my five week holiday overseas I felt at a loose end and didn’t know what to do with myself. I’m not sure whether I was suffering from post-holiday blues or just feeling old. I made the decision to return to my part-time writing job for hotels/resorts and then made another big decision to embark on a weight loss program. Within a few months I had dropped a few kilos, had upped my exercise regime and was feeling great.
Since July I have dropped 6.5 kgs and I feel fabulous. I have much more energy and feel as though I can do a lot of things a lot easier. It’s amazing how the accumulated weight around my mid-section had impacted on my ability to do things, even simple things like bending over to do up my shoelaces!
The other side effect of my weight loss is that I have got fitter and toned up some of the flabby parts of my body. I exercise every single day and try to challenge myself as much as I can. I’m enjoying the new trimmer version of me and being able to fit back into some of my wardrobe (or should I say most of my wardrobe)!
I will continue to embrace my sexy sixties, as though I’m oblivious to my age. I think the main thing is to keep challenging myself and this has been evidenced this year by doing three “adventurous things” that have been on my bucket list for a while.
In April I was invited on a media trip that involved undertaking a hot air balloon flight over the Brisbane Valley. It was an incredible experience soaring silently over the skies of the Ipswich region. My fear of heights dissipated rapidly once I was up in the air.
Also in September I took on another challenge, and that was climbing Mt Warning in Northern New South Wales. I had been wanting to do this for ages and I finally felt fit enough to take on the mountain, that involves about and hour and a half climb with a 300 metre rock scramble to the summit. The views from the summit and the amazing adrenalin rush I experienced was thoroughly worth the pain of the climb!
Later on in September I departed on a Vietnam holiday and did a three day tour up to the mountains of Sapa, where I once again completed a couple of challenging treks into the countryside. This was an amazing adventure under fairly difficult weather conditions, but the scenery made it fully worthwhile.
I realised after completing these three challenges and overcoming some of my fears, that age really is no barrier to keep on setting new limits and achievements. I’m not completely certain of what my next adventure will be, but I can tell you it will involve getting out of my comfort zone! Maybe it will be doing the 3 Capes Walk in Tasmania; skiing at Nozawa Onsen in Japan; or caring for orphan elephants in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. Who knows! My next adventure could be a number of things.
I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the decade of my sixties is going to be some of the best years of my life. What are your thoughts? Do you think age is a barrier?
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.