Last week we published part one of a blog post about the changing nature of being fabulous – this week we complete it by focusing on more about the meaning of fabulous now.
Fabulous is looking fine in a way that is comfortable and absolutely us and dropping any snobbery around standards that have lost their meaning. Being in fashion isn’t fabulous anymore — being real, authentic, hot or conservative or edgy in ways that reflect our best self is. Fabulous is living, learning, staying present and being grateful for all that’s good, and calm about things we can’t control. And fabulous is all about taking care of ourselves and those we love. We feel most fabulous when we are in connection with those that matter and are doing things that feel good and are good for us.
Being Fabulous, Part 2:
Random shopping has stopped being fun. But we seem to have found just those few boutiques or online spots that have sales on just exactly what we feel is perfect and fabulous. Few, if anyone, seem to care about looking good anyplace or at special events. So our black pants and nice top could take us to the opera or the hottest restaurant in any town and to someone’s graduation party. True, BUT, we evolved here too. We created our new definition of fabulous as dressing as well and as we want, still choosing to look extra special more than once a year, and if we are the only one in a restaurant or at the party with a dress or heels or pulled-together look (don’t we all agree that many people of any age appear to use their laundry basket as a closet?) we don’t care. We dress for ourselves and any audience we care about, we dress up when and if we want to and define our feeling appropriate as being fabulous.
Heavy meals started hurting our stomachs. Nature wasn’t pretty if we ate, drank or didn’t sleep enough, so we sleep more if we can and just stopped ordering the cheese plate — but kept going out. We don’t go on and on about our food issues — fabulous now looks at the menu, makes the calculation of what works and doesn’t and orders without announcement.
Friendships have become challenging in tangible ways: friends, family and those close to them have serious health problems, not hangovers, and people close to us die. We’ve learned how to mourn more deeply without falling apart or making the loss about ourselves. We pray or sit silently more often, sending prayers or caring vibrations to others. And share our sympathy with more confidence not because we are getting great at demonstrating sympathy, but because we now know with absolute certainty that the most important thing is demonstrating we care, not doing some “appropriate” thing. We’ve really gotten the boundaries message and keep them even when faced with heart-wrenching personal loss times for us, or our friends. We handle ourselves keeping the focus on those who hurt at the time. And we work to avoid dragging ourselves into a tailspin of upset over anything we can’t control (yes, most things).
One thing we haven’t given ourselves enough credit for was how we as a generation became, and are still, continuous learners.
And that is now the core of being fabulous: we keep learning and experimenting. When we fail we try plan B to Z if we have to. We are not Queen Elizabeth in The Crown (a fabulousover60 favorite), perpetually unamused if not insulted by the relentless changes in the culture. We have come to peace with our parents and are using a different approach to aging and being fabulous. We are NOT denying we are aging, that time is passing and we are going to die. I remember death and dying, as well as well as less permanent changes – like moving or writing a will and getting specific about near-death wishes as taboo subjects for our parents. They kept doing much of the same things they always did and didn’t want to talk much about age-related realities. We do not blame them or feel anger at them. But we have clearly chosen a different fabulous path that includes facing realities of all sorts – from divorce to death or from being fired to starting a whole new business in our sixties.
Fabulous now is about accepting what is, and building and living in our own able-to-be-penetrated bubble.
We choose what comes in and out with open eyes and heart and ears. We focus on fewer things, but our important things. We continue to be kind and have come to realize, as have other mature people, that kindness counts more than nearly anything else. We are back marching and resisting or maybe only paying attention in a limited way — we know ourselves, do what we must and don’t judge others.
Fabulous is looking fine in a way that is comfortable and absolutely us – and dropping any snobbery around standards that have lost their meaning. Being in fashion isn’t fabulous anymore — being real, authentic, hot or conservative or edgy in ways that reflect our best self is. Fabulous is living, learning, staying present and being grateful for all that’s good, and calm about things we can’t control. It’s about taking care of ourselves and those we love. We feel most fabulous when we are in connection with those that matter and are doing things that feel good and are good for us.
Turning 60 seems eons ago. I chuckle for not realizing that everything changes – including our definitions of being fabulous. We’re still smart, savvy and sophisticated, but our hearts are set on being our best individual self, connecting and being a part of a group when it is the right time and place. It’s also enjoying that group time, giving ourselves and everyone else a break. It is letting our light and our scent, our essence – which is individual and precious – be felt in the world.
A friend from the early 70s once told me that I was like great perfume, leaving a lovely scent behind when I left — I was touched and a bit overwhelmed. And I remembered it, always trying in my own way to live up to the challenge of leaving “a lovely scent” behind. Cathy and I have chosen to let FabulousOver60 now be associated with multiple beautiful perfume bottles (in our new cover photo on Facebook) — each representing one and all of us FabulousOver60 women. We’re each unique, and we’re shining our lights and leaving a warmth and scent behind us everywhere we go. Think that says it all.