What is Old?

It’s pouring outside. Thundering, lightning and going crazy outdoors… especially in front of my condo! Needless to say because of inclement weather I didn’t take my mid morning walk. Instead, I switched on the TV and flipped through the stations and had a second cup of half caff.
I discovered a “Murder She Wrote” marathon was in progress. In the 80’s and early 90’s I used to love that show and looked forward each week to a fun cozy mystery with a female protagonist at the helm. I loved that she was ALWAYS the smartest person in the room. However, I thought Angela Lansbury was an old lady back then. I was so wrong!

Today when I looked at her character that isn’t at all who I saw! Yes, she was a woman over 50, but her back was perfectly straight, she had a fabulous figure, and she ran around in heels with ease and grace. Like a youthful dancer might move. So I googled the marvelous actress who today is an impressive 95. That would have made her only 60 when that notable series began. And I would have been a young woman of 37.

At age 72, I am seeing things quite differently. Ms. Lansbury now looks young and vibrant to me on the show. And then it hit me!! I thought the actress Angela Lansbury was an old lady when she played the character Jessica Fletcher because society conditioned us to think that women over 50 were old . She was not old! In fact, she was 12 years younger than I am now. And while society may think I’m old, I still feel like a cool girl inside. I still love rock music, I’m still protesting for equality, and I’m very much the creative soul I’ve always been. So what determines being OLD? A date on the calendar or a person’s spirit? What constitutes youthfulness?

I suppose age is all relative isn’t it?
Perhaps Agatha Christie’s, Miss Marple wasn’t that old either.
My conclusion for today? NEVER underestimate the deductive reasoning skills and cleverness of an intelligent woman over 60! We are still pretty awesome! ❤️💪✌️❤️ And because of our years of gained wisdom, WE ARE ALWAYS THE SMARTEST PEOPLE IN THE ROOM! 😉✌️❤️

19 thoughts on “What is Old?

    1. Ha! You are so right. Ruth does radiate youth. She oozes with energy and exuberance. And her positive spirit is a combination of childlike curiosity and wonder and the wisdom of the ages. You picked a good one! Some people become “old” at 40, and others keep their vigor and young attitude all their lives. Thanks for stopping by. 😻

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  1. Goes back to that saying, you are only as old as you feel. I am 61 and I look back to my mother at that age and she seemed older. I remember looking at her yearbook pictures and everyone looked 40! Different time, but most of the women over 50 that I know are usually the smartest in the room.

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    1. I agree, everyone seemed older, at least in photographs. We are a more youthful society now. My generation wore jeans and we still do. We think young. And we are absolutely the smartest people in the room! ❤️✌️

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  2. Really? OMG They were so young! When my hair grew back gray my older son started calling me Bea Arthur. I doubt my younger son would even know who that was. Lol I guess I’m now one of the golden girls for real . Hehehe. 😉

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  3. Awesome post, Lesley. Our perspective sure changes as we “mature”. Similarly, several years ago it began to dawn on me that “old people” in my life when I was younger, like my grandmother for example, didn’t feel like they were the old people Issa them as. Those misperceptions aren’t easily overcome, especially by the young!

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    1. So true Jane. Age seems to represent so many different things at various times in our lives. I remember when I was 18 and working at a store the summer before I went away to college. I was asked out by a young reporter who worked for the local newspaper. My father had a fit because he was 24! He let me go out with him once and then put me on restriction because I got home at 11:40 instead of my curfew time of 11:30 pm. Lol His reasoning was that he was too old for me. I didn’t understand his reasoning. The young man was a journalist and I found him so interesting. But I was living at home and complied with my fathers wishes. At various stages in our lives age matters. I was just a few months shy of 40 when I had my second child. ( I had my first at age 24). I was considered an older mom and watched carefully during my pregnancy. Age 39 meant I was high risk. Everything seems to have an age attached to it doesn’t it? My mother used to say she was a few months shy of being an old maid because she got engaged at 24 and married at 25! Today that’s young. But not in 1946.
      Forever I wanted to look older because I looked like a kid. After chemo my hair grew back gray and I finally realized I do look like an old lady. I’ll gladly accept that gift! ❤️

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  4. My mother loved that show – she’s 95 – and still watches the reruns occasionally, but like you, I thought Jessica Fletcher was old. Now when I watch it, I see a well-dressed vibrant youthful looking woman! PS. I like the embroidery on your jeans!

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      1. With so many older people giving their time as volunteers in so many valuable areas there is a movement here to change the language so that volunteer becomes pro bono. As lawyers provide assistance pro bono. I think this change would add value and may help change the perception of the more mature folk.

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