For The Love Of…Helen Mirren And Being THAT Woman
Now before you roll your eyes, and say, “Of course, who doesn’t love Helen?”, let me add, “…and what she represents.”. In this photo I see a beautiful woman of a certain age. Do I look like her? Nope. Could I look like her? Nope, and I don’t want to.
Seeing beyond the beauty is part of what this post is about. Helen is a woman at the prime of her life, proud, confident, living her very best years right now because of all the strength she’s gained over the past decades. It radiates out of her and called to me like a beacon. This photo is what inspired this post.
The appreciation of wisdom and experience is beaten down by our obsession with surface beauty until its value is naught. Rather than revere the beauty of the years etched on the eldest of our society, we overlook them, discount them because youth is all that’s celebrated.
That is a real shame. For the women like me who are of a certain age, I call to you to give society the finger and embrace the individuality and insight inside you, reveling in it like swimming in a tub filled with the priciest unguents until we have Helen’s outer glow (or at least really soft skin).
So how do we do that? For me, it was writing. Though I spent years spinning stories in my mind, I never had the confidence to put them to paper, much less seek publication. But, finally, there came the moment when I realized I had to try. It took me years of studying craft and writing drivel, but today I have 5 books out and so many more to write.
What about you? Do you have a dream you haven’t yet pursued? Something daring, like rock climbing, or skydiving? Embracing your love of the ocean with surfing, or a beach vacation with your besties? Whatever your dream, I challenge you to take the first steps.
And what about the rest of the title? That’s the other part of this post and an idea I have embraced.
Being That Woman
I very much plan to be THAT woman. The woman of an advanced age who celebrates her individuality, who embraces all that makes her happy no matter if it’s a jumble of huge stone necklaces or wild hats or statement glasses or embroidered kimonos, preferably all of them at the same time. I want to be the woman who proudly struts around with a Mohawk…if that’s what speaks to me.
Because, why not? At this time in my life I have nothing to prove to anyone. At least, that’s the mindset I am working to embrace while shedding old perceptions. And I’m getting there. I already have the fun glasses and short hair. I wear what makes me comfortable (thank all that’s holy). I have a husband who is amused by my antics and that is a true blessing.
So what calls to you? What do you need to do to embrace all of who you are? What will it take for you to throw back your shoulders, raise your chin, and glow with confidence like Helen Mirren?
If you’re not sure yet, that’s fine. Just fill your glass with wine, your bathtub with unguents and go have a soak while you contemplate just how you plan to become THAT woman. And when you’re ready, we can go for a strut together, proud to show the world who we are. I’ll be the one in the dragon kimono with the contented smile a la Helen Mirren!
May your words flow freely,
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