Breaking Barriers - what does it mean to be 'old'



A member of my family is recently going through chemotherapy. It hurts but it's also made me open my eyes to who is considered as 'old' or 'elderly'. If you speak to young children, they'll probably tell you people in their thirties are 'old' (even now I sometimes think the same thing... but only because I'm getting there myself and my twenties seem like they're flying past), but my grandparents are in their sixties. I used to think that was 'old' but mostly because that's the association people have with grandparents. Mine are still young and are flourishing. Unlike others. People and companies like Bathing Solutions have recently put together a campaign on this very theme.

Recently there have been stories going round social media about the older generation doing things that some of us wouldn't even think of. It's got me thinking what I would like to be old. There are yoga instructors in their 90s, 80 year old women taking there first class and even (in a funnier way), a 79 year old woman 'went missing' because she just decided to get her first tattoo one day. I mean, why the hell not?

Iris Apfel News Week
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Iris Apfel is who I want to be like.

She's well into her 90s but can live like she's in her 20s. She is a fashion icon and a true inspiration to women the world over. I think so anyway. The woman is an absolute hero and has reached a point where nothing has got in her way.

Also, there's Maggie Smith.

Professor McGonagall maggie smith

We all know she's an absolute hero. She's strong in literally everything she does. And look at her in Harry Potter. She had cancer while filming but like the true Gryffindor she is, she didn't let it get in her way and carried on filming.

Obviously these people are both celebrities and being older is different to everyone but if I could be a weird combination of these two women when I'm older, I'll be happy.

I'll own the world and won't let ANYTHING get in my way.

What do you think you'll be like when you're older?



*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Bathing Solutions and their 'Breaking Barriers' campaign

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