Welcome To The Club. What A Great Concept!

Gwen Stefani just turned 50 and on Instagram, she was welcomed to “the club” by online mag, betterafter50.

Well, I just turned 70 which I think is an even cooler club.

Our club just welcomed Bruce Springsteen, Richard Gere, David Rubenstein and Dame Twiggy. On Nov 3rd, Anna Wintour joins the club while Tina Turner moves up the ranks to an even more elite club: She turns 80 this year!

What is life like at 70 you ask? Pretty epic.

I honestly don’t know if this is just in my head or if there has been a cultural shift. But to me, it feels as though we’ve reached a tipping point where the dynamic of aging has been elevated. The numbers are on our side. The sheer size of our cohort has changed people’s perceptions of what it’s like to be 50, 60 or 70. How else to explain that I’m suddenly seeing so many cool people my age – not only in real life but on social media. Instagram is filled with the most fabulous people in their 60’s and 70’s. Plus so many blogs and podcasts are pioneering this space, e.g. The Lustre Life, Ageist, Goodbye Crop Top.

When I tell people I’m 70, I find them to be incredibly intrigued versus dismissive or turned off. That’s been a huge surprise.

One more important reason why aging may be undergoing this transformation is the vast number of distinguished (and famous) 70-year olds on the scene right now, e.g., Twiggy, Helen Mirren, Ray Dalio, Elizabeth Warren and many more.

“I know people can get depressed about being a certain age, but I don’t see the point of that; there’s nothing you can do about it and you can’t stop time passing, so you might as well celebrate it.”

Twiggy
Scroll down for secrets to making your 70’s the best time of your life.
What are the secrets to making your 70’s great? People ask all the time so here goes.

3 things you must do if you want your 70’s to be amazing.

  1. Have your finances in order. The earlier you start saving and cutting back on non-essentials, the better (ideally no later than your 40’s). Rich is a relative term. You need enough money to cover your overhead and to do the things that are a priority for you. For me, it’s travel and going out to eat with my friends. I spend virtually nothing on clothes, taxis, or incidental things like coffee (2 or 3 coffees per day can suck your wallet dry). Where you live is crucial. By the time you’re 60, you should have your mortgage paid off. Also of utmost importance: choosing wisely when it comes to what your monthly maintenance/taxes will be.
  2. Do everything you can to stay healthy. I won’t bore you with the details of my osteoarthritis but that’s the only health issue I have. When I went to have my first botox treatment the other day (entire post on that coming later this week), the doctor looked through my chart and couldn’t believe I was on zero medication. He said he wanted to be as healthy at his age as I was at 70. Key for me has been losing weight (and maintaining that weight loss), working out daily plus lots of walking (always stairs instead of the elevator), and dialing back my drinking. The latter has been enormously helpful.
  3. Stay curious, productive and connected. I can’t begin to express how important it is to maintain your curiosity about the world. I know I’m probably more rabid about checking out new things than most people but I would suggest everyone add at least one new thing to their calendar every week and it doesn’t matter what it is, e.g., walk a new neighborhood, try a new restaurant, download and start using a new app. Find something you’re passionate about and lean into it fully. For me, it’s writing this blog. I’ve learned so much about writing and it’s a perfect outlet for my various interests. And finally, building and maintaining your network of friends is essential. As is making sure your network includes people from all age groups, backgrounds, and interests. Nothing makes life sweeter than the people in your life.
But there’s more. Look for role models, e.g., I’m inspired by people who don’t shy away from their age but also don’t let it define (or restrict) them.

“With every age comes advantages and disadvantages. And you tend to find that you don’t want to go back. You want to be exactly where you are with everything you’ve experienced.”

Helen Mirren, Age 74
Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE , Age 74
74-year old Helen Mirren running on the runway at the L’Oréal Paris’s third annual Le Défilé
Patti Smith, Age 72
Patti Smith, Age 72
MRS. NAITO – I have no idea who this 70-something “grandmother” is but I have loved seeing her blossom on Instagram. She’s a joy to follow.
Mrs. Naito, Grandmother Age 70. This woman is clearly leading her best life.
DAVID RUbenstein, Age 70, Co-founder, The Carlyle Group and host of one of my favorite TV shows, Peer To Peer Conversations on Bloomberg.
Joan I Johnson, Age 67
David Byrne, Age 67
David Byrne, 67. Although I wasn’t crazy about American Utopia, I am crazy about him. His curiosity about the world and his fearlessness about experimenting creatively inspires me.

Bottom Line.

I’ve never felt so badass as when I say I’m 70.

For years I was afraid to say my age – in great part because I had a youth marketing company! In looking back I am so relieved and excited that it finally dawned on me that I only had one chance to live in this moment, to be this age and to be in this state of being.

So here’s to each one of us living our best life – at every age!

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