Cindy DeCarolis

Musings on Being 60

A few musings on being 60

I started writing this blog five years ago when I turned 55 and suddenly felt the weight of 60 bearing down on me. As you can tell from the number of posts, I was not diligent about writing the blog. However, I have been diligent about the work of preparing myself for 60. Today it is two months since my sixtieth birthday and I have had a little time to soak it in, so here are a few musings on being 60.

When I was growing up, I never thought this day would come. It just didn’t seem possible that I would ever be 60. I couldn’t even imagine what my life would look like at 60.

Having arrived at this milestone, I feel like there is no connection between me and the number. I have kind of always felt like that about my age. I don’t know what other people feel like at 60 and I don’t know what you are “supposed” to feel like at 60; I only know how I feel. I pretty much feel like the same way I have always felt. I feel young, however, I feel much more grounded, self-confident, and content. I know who I am, and I no longer feel I must pretend to be what or who someone else needs or wants me to be.

I have spent most of my life hating my body. I still obsess about my body and wish I had the body of my 35-year-old self. I have struggled with eating disorders, from exercise bulimia to binge-eating disorder, and I have not completely conquered my disordered behaviors. Today I try to be kinder to myself; I try to stay in the mindset of eating nutritious foods, exercising, and doing the daily healthy habits because I love my body, not because I hate it. I am healthy and relatively free of pain and I take no medications. I believe and hope that maintaining a healthy lifestyle will keep me strong and vigorous until my last day.

This is superficial, I know, but the thing I most fear right now is looking old. I have not succumbed to Botox or cosmetic surgery. I hope that I never will. In my opinion women who age naturally look more beautiful and graceful than those who use Botox, fillers, and surgery. My ideal for aging graciously is Carolina Herrera. Still beautiful at 81, she embodies a style that is simple, elegant, and timeless.

Today I feel content with my life in a way I never have before. That doesn’t mean that my life is perfect, quite the contrary. Being content means that I can accept where I am – the good and the bad – and I am able to handle what comes my way with strength and I hope, a little grace.

I still have a lot to do in life. I love building my wellness business, Blissful Balance, with the mission of helping you to live life healthier. I continue my work as a health coach and doTerra Essential Oils Wellness Advocate and to look for new opportunities. This year I am excited to launch a podcast to help even more people to live life healthier. And I will try to be more diligent about writing this blog. Peace, bliss, and balance…

At Blissful Balance LLC, our mission is to help you to live life healthier. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Contact me at cindydecarolis62@gmail.com for a complimentary consultation. You can also visit doTerra to purchase essential oils.