I’ve seen a few articles written about this woman, Carolyn Doelling, and I get why she’s receiving all this attention.
I’m inspired because she is a retiree who became a fashion model for the first time in her 70s and continues to live her life to the fullest⏤setting and smashing goal after goal in spite of her age. Women her age don’t get as much recognition for their greatness. Media/Hollywood is quite ageist so it is refreshing to see a little light shine on someone doing her thing who isn’t in their 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s.
Too often, we⏤especially women⏤are encouraged to look at least ten years younger than we are and every ad reminds us that we’re aging and that we should do all we can to fight nature. And even while we’re young (in age), we are expected to do all the things and be all the things while looking youthful and happy. Going too hard gives you wrinkles! It’s a scam!
I get trying to look your best, but if we’re fortunate enough and play our cards right, we’ll get really freaking old and be healthy enough to enjoy it. In my book, feeling good will always trump looking younger. And the little, priceless things that leave a fond memory are what adds up to a fulfilling life.
And Carolyn is proving just that.
There is no reason for us to fear old age, and whether or not we plan for personal greatness into our dotage, there is still life to be lived e v e r y d a y. All we have is time.
I thought today, a Sunday and the first day of spring, would be the perfect day to share Carolyn’s story of fulfilling goals and going out on limbs; as life blossoms around us, I’m motivated to not only set personal and professional goals, but to also live fearlessly by welcoming old age the meantime.
What about you?