As much as I loved my 20s and am certainly enjoying my 30s, a big part of me is also looking forward to my 40s, my 50s, my 60s and beyond. Truthfully, I can already picture it. Summers spent visiting my friends in their different cities around the world, driving around in a classic convertible that I've maintained by hand myself, living in a remote (but modest) villa somewhere tucked away under the Tuscan sun. I'll be the eccentric former New Yorker, scarf thrown over my windblown hair with a corgi or two at my side and my love in the passenger seat. We'll make art, write stories and maybe even try our hand at wine making. I'd work to live intentionally, but I won't live to work irrationally. Maybe I'll own a little bookstore in the nearby village. Maybe I'll close early on Mondays and walk over to the piazza, where I'll sit with a bottle of something local. Maybe a dear friend from a previous chapter of my life will sit down with me and we'll chat for hours about what once was. And maybe in that moment in the sunshine with my old friend, I'll smile, thinking about all the wonderful things yet to come.
Don't get me wrong, by no means am I in a hurry to get to these future chapters of my life, but I do think it's high time we start romanticizing the art of aging and seeing it for the gift that it truly is. After all, dreams are wonderful, necessary even, in our youth. But please, whatever you do, don't let them stop there.
Brock Collection jacket (on loan via Nova Octo — use the code KRYSTAL20 for 20% off your rental) // Levis jeans // Boden heels (gifted) // Monica Rich Kosann necklace (gifted)
Yup – all we can do is try and enjoy plus be grateful for each chapter
I genuinely feel that each age has its own unique beauty!
I needed a post like this. I am also in my 30s. I do feel like we get to a point where we don’t have any more aspirations. It is good to continue to dream and have goals no matter how old we are.
I just did an earth rotation for the 68th time. I love your imagining of your aging. As a friend says, it’s a “rich and textured life.” I’m lucky to have a sister who is also my BFF, and she has brought me the opportunity to do a new thing (podcasting).
I truly believe that every age has his own beauty!