Had another birthday recently – 72 now. I asked myself how did that happen! Well, it’s just something you cannot escape. The years roll by and there you are – you’re over 70!
I do think turning 70 is crunch time. Listen, when I reached my 60s I felt absolutely no different to being 40. It was OK. I still worked, I was up and at it at all times, I was, anyway, a young looking and quite healthy 60-year-old, what was there to worry about? In my eyes, nothing.
The thing is, I have no major health worries, I am lucky, I get that others are not so, but slowly through my 60s the minor issues begin to pile up. And now, I tell you, it’s hard work being my age, but hard work pays. It’s good to maintain your health and well-being. So what I’m going to do, is highlight just one negative and then a load of positives about being in your 70s.
So, for me it was a psychological barrier reaching my 70s. And why? There’s no escaping the number. It kind of tells you that you’ve reached that age grouping. But you know what? Never ever, think the 70+ are one homogenous group of old people. We are all so different and that includes the pre-war generation and post-war. I do think there is a difference between those two groupings in attitude to life, clothes, entertainment, politics, IT, social media etc, etc. But stop me right there, as here’s me lumping people together, because even in that pre-war generation there are huge differences. Any of you follow Jean Woods on IG? She’s @jeanwoods7 and she was one of the four Fabulous Fashionistas (the documentary that went out on Channel 4 a few years ago) read all about her here. She’s my role model for when I reach my 80s as she’s a Doc Martens wearing 81-year-old who shops at Urban Outfitters. That’s the way to do it! See, you move from the negative to the positive!
So what about the positives?
I love my white hair, which is no longer trailing down my back. Yes, I bottled out of growing my hair long.
A couple of weeks ago I got it cut once and then again another inch. I’m going to leave it for 6-8 weeks to grow a bit, but won’t let it go long and lank again. You have to be so careful not to look unkempt – well, I do. I mean look at Jean Woods’ hair – it ain’t long, but it sure has style.
And, the cut has done away with my last inch of dyed hair, and I’m pleased with the colour. My mother was far more pepper than salt, but there seems to be a lot of white at the front, so all good. My message to any of you wondering about continuing to colour your hair, is, you’ll know when the time is right. But note, it’s taken me 18 months to get to my natural colour.
I love the fitness programme I’ve put myself into. But please, do not think I’m being ‘good’ working on this. For me it’s absolutely necessary as I was teetering on the edge of becoming seriously weak and wobbly. Now, everything is geared towards building up stamina and strength. And it’s not a quick solution either. It’s several weeks since I’ve started exercising in a more systematic and focused way, but there have been many hiccups and breaks, nevertheless, I am getting into a rhythm of doing a small set (because you don’t overdo things) of exercises and weights every day.
Several of you have commented that before you get to 60 exercise is something you can choose to do, or not, but after 60 it should be compulsory. I so agree with that. But remember I took a long time to find the right class, which for me is Pilates.
And as for having a Personal Trainer (which I always said before I couldn’t afford, but look I decided I just had to have one) yes you need to find the right trainer (and note it took me over a year) but it has been worth every penny because everything that I’ve done or discussed with my trainer is tailored to my personal needs. And don’t forget I don’t want to lose weight, in fact I’ve put on 2lbs, and I think that’s muscle. Just go for it, I’d say. Because why, as well as being essential, you feel better, that’s why.
But as for running – um, not doing that really, but I have my aims. No I didn’t do that race this year, but maybe next.
I’m still on week1 of Couch to 5K but I’m not over-thinking about that as even week1 is better than nothing. You run for 60 seconds and then walk briskly for 90 for 20 minutes – that’s more than I was doing. My great aim is to do Park Runs and I’d like to do these by the end of the year. Let’s see if I can do it!
What I want to be doing is getting the bus to my local park on a Saturday for those runs, instead of waiting for the bus to see that ridiculous film, the latest Jurassic Park. But you know what – yes, that film was a load of nonsense but it was fun. You got to have fun in your life, I think!
And there’re loads of things that are good about being over 70.
Above all, I love that attitude of mind you gain as you age, that really, it is of no consequence what others think. You wear what you want. For example, the above photo shows you one version of my Brighton look – I kind of threw those clothes on and those shoes are so comfortable. On other days I might dress up and be almost goth, then another, I’ll be chic and then another I’ll want to be edgy or even vintage.
Feel free people, it’s your life and your day and your look.
That’s all for now, with love
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper