Friday, March 7, 2008

transitioning from 56 to 57

Today I am 56. Tomorrow I will be 57.

Dunno why, but for the first time in my life, adding a year is bothering me. Maybe it's because 57 is getting so very close to 60, which is a bellwether year to me, i.e., in my mind, 60 meant that you were as old as dirt. And to add to my trepidation about approaching 60, I can't forget that my Dad died when he was 66.

On the other hand, I don't feel, act, or look as old as dirt. Almost everyone I know who is my age is on some kind of prescription for some kind of health issue, while I am not.

En femme, I look younger than my actual age. In the guess my age poll I conducted here in January, 75% of the voters thought I looked younger than my actual age and over half (52%) thought I looked ten years younger than I really am.

Maybe the solution is to go full-time, i.e., be en femme 24/7 and thereby cut 10 years off my apparent age.


  1. Stacy - I sympathize, though I'm fearing the approach of a different (thankfully smaller) multiple of 10!

    Two bits of consolation. First, everyone says that 60 is the new 40. :)

    Second, women statistically live longer than men, so a maybe 24/7 presentation might get you some benefit from that? [grin]



  2. Yeah, that's the ticket: 60 is the new 40!

  3. My parents are turning 57 this year and they seem SO YOUNG to me. Hope that makes you feel a little better. :)

  4. Happy birthday, Staci. As long as you have photoshop, you're as young as you wann be ::grin::

  5. To me you look great no matter what age.

  6. Hi Staci,

    Found your blog recently and really love it! Happy belated birthday and remember that age is a state of mind!

    For a wonderful view on age and life in general I recommend watching the movie "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"...we rented it last night and it's great for those of us still young at heart!

    Personally, I can't believe that I'm in my mid 40's...I just wish I had some of the knowledge that I have now, 10 years ago!

    Birthday hugs,

  7. Thank you all for the birthday greetings and the positive spin on aging!