Another year, another reason to celebrate! That’s Oprah’s view on getting older. The star has an uplifting attitude and wants all women to wear their age with pride.
‘Every year can be a brand new journey’
“Call me crazy, but I’ve never really understood our culture’s fear of getting older,” she says. “The way I see it, every year can be a brand new journey. Think about it. You get one chance to be 25…38…44…61…and every age before and between. Why wouldn’t you want to experience all the wonder in each step on your path?”
That’s not to say Oprah hasn’t struggled with self acceptance in the past, particularly when it comes to body confidence. She’s been open about her yoyo dieting and battles with weight gain. But it’s not something she concerns herself with any more, in fact getting older has helped her accept and appreciate herself.
‘The feet I stand on have carried me for 60 years’
“For sure we live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we’re not young and glowing and hot, we don’t matter.” So it is refreshing that the queen of talk show television, who has dominated the airwaves for decades isn’t trying to turn back the hands of time.
“One day I literally woke up and thought: ‘My god, these knees have been with me for 60 years. Wow! I’ve had these elbows for 60 years. My heart has been beating for 60 years. The feet I stand on have carried me for 60 years.’ And when you think about it that way, you can be nothing but grateful.”
‘Denial leads to delusion’
In fact she’s a firm believer that ageing is a privilege and says: “If you’re blessed enough to grow older, there’s so much wisdom to be gained from celebrating the process with vibrancy and vigour and grace.”
So don’t expect her to suddenly start subtly knocking a few years off her age.
“People who lie about their age are denying the truth and contributing to a sickness pervading our society, the sickness of wanting to be what you’re not,” she says. “Denial leads to delusion. I know for sure that only by owning who and what you are can you step into the fullness of life.
“Every year should teach you something valuable; whether you get the lesson is up to you. Every year brings you closer to expressing your whole and healed self. I celebrate that. Honor it. Hold it in reverence. And I’m grateful for every age I’m blessed to become.”