Older Really is Better

Older Kathleen Turner

There’s no question, we live in a youth culture.  We idolize the young.  Once upon a time, our celebrity

Younger Kathleen Turner

heroes were considerably older than they are now.  Today, we look at teens and young adults as the ideal.  Then, not suprisingly, many of them collapse under the pressure.  Britney, Lindsay, Mary Kate and Ashley, and so many more so prominent they don’t even need last names.  On the other side, the older stars (and older regular folk) are subjecting themselves to repeated surgeries and injections in order to “look young”  (which of course actually succeeds in making them look weird).

Recently I heard an interview with Kathleen Turner.   At 58, Kathleen may not be as promient as she was in the Romancing the Stone (1984) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) days, but she is still active and acting.  During the interview she was asked about getting older in Hollywood and she replied, “It’s foolish to try to turn back the clock and I don’t want to.”

I agree!  Often groups of people will get into conversations that lead to questions like “If you could go back to any age, what would it be?”  I always say, “I wouldn’t.”  I love where I am.   I have made mistakes.  I’ve had difficult times.  I’ve had great times.  And there is so much more ahead.

Most people will say they would go back to their teens or twenties.  Personally, I wouldn’t go back then for any amount of money!  I look better now.  I’m more confident now.  I know what I want now.  I think, for most of us, if we really thought about it, those years weren’t nearly as great as what we have and can create now.  Except maybe the energy level.  *wink*

Kathleen also made the comment, “I’m so much more interesting now.”  I agree, in general, older people are more interesting.  We’ve had more experience, we’ve developed our opinions and confidence.  I know I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaay more interesting than I was 20 years ago.

Of course there are interesting, confident young people and ones who are living an incredible life and know what they want.  And, in 20, 30, 40 years from now they’ll be even moreso.

There is no point in pining for what was.  As long as you’re growing and experiencing life, it can only get better.  So go out and live! 

  • Play
  • Try new things
  • Take risks
  • Learn
  • Laugh
  • And tell yourself positive things when you look in the mirror.

It only gets better.  Keep living!

Hugs, Christie



  1. Hear, hear!! I have the unique experience of being surrounded by late-teen and twentysomethings for a significant portion of the day, and I wouldn’t go back to that for anything. The insecurity, the lack of experience, the way that *everything* is so immediate because of the difference in perspective … nope. They can keep it. The feeling of being older/wiser (or at least more cognizant of how nothing, absolutely NOTHING, is written in stone) has kept me grounded in a way that most of them can’t yet get to. I don’t need to be at the top of the class, because my identity isn’t based solely on academic performance – and there’s always an alternative path if this one doesn’t work out. I also enjoy myself more than I think most of them do … but they sure can be fun to hang out with. 🙂

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