60 is the New 60: “We’ve all said it when a friend or loved one laments about getting older as a way to console each other. Thirty is the new 20! Forty is the new 30! Every decade just is what it is. Be grateful to have lived as long as you have; everything that’s happened up until this time has prepared you for the next frontier of your life. As my daughter would say, “There’s someone who died before their time and would trade places with your old ass in a heartbeat.” Damn her and her perspective.” says Iman on turning 60
“Since then, I’ve been since graced with another decade of life. I’m 60 today. And what a decade it’s been! Ups, downs, sideways, and zig-zags. Oh my. My looks have changed. I have laugh lines—not wrinkles. I walk slowly because I am finally in a place where I don’t have to rush from one place to the next. I can enjoy what I’m engaged in and be fully present rather than planning my answers to questions while someone else is speaking or thinking about my next appointment while my current engagement is still in in progress. Everything doesn’t have to go my way (although let’s be honest, aren’t you happier when it does? Just kidding. Ok, not really). And I wear what I want to because my style doesn’t define me; it’s an expression of myself, but not the whole kit and caboodle.
As my 60th birthday approached this year, I thought about what each decade meant to myself and others as they got older, and sadly it comes with some highly morbid thinking like awareness of mortality, regrets about dreams lost, or nostalgia for youth, when breasts stood proudly (or at least didn’t play Peek-A-Boob in your armpit when you lay on your back). When asked what message I’d like to usher in for this new zeroed number, I didn’t have to dig too far into my psyche to come up the mantras with which I’ll enter the decade.”