8 Ways Women Get Better With Age
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By Denise Wolfe
We're fans of the wisdom that a woman is like a fine wine: She just gets better with age. This silly obsession with age? Certainly not us. Older…? Yes, and proud of it. Here are eight reasons why.
She's Sexy2 of 9
Alfred Kinsey's famous assertion that men peak in their late teens and women peak later may have turned out to be a myth, but that hardly means it's all downhill for women of a certain age. Recent data show that "sexual prime" (consisting of things like enjoyment and desire) can happen multiple times in a woman's life. And later in life a woman is more experienced in sexual matters. She knows her body better, she's not worried about getting pregnant, and she is unafraid to ask for what she wants.
She's Sure of Herself3 of 9
"The delights of self-discovery are always available," writes Gail Sheehy, author of Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life. It makes sense, then, that a more mature woman has had more time to explore her own psyche. She not only knows herself, but she's not afraid to share what she knows. She understands the difference between "assertive" and "aggressive," and she glories in being bold, outspoken and confident.
She's Independent4 of 9
She isn't expecting Prince Charming to save her. Tired of waiting, she does the things she wants to do and surrounds herself with people she truly enjoys.
She's Compassionate5 of 9
Having endured pain—and survived—she is more compassionate to others. According to a recent study in Journals of Gerontology, women in their 50s were found to be the most sensitive to others' experiences. Whether it’s part of the natural aging process or due to boomers coming of age during times of exciting social upheaval (like the civil rights movement), this results in women who are emotive, responsive and understanding.
She's Interesting6 of 9
With little time to waste, she has less use for small talk but more depth in her thoughts and conversation. As Benjamin Franklin quipped in his infamous essay In Praise of Older Women: "Because as they have more Knowledge of the World and their Minds are better stor’d with Observations, their Conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreeable."
She Has Perspective7 of 9
Knowing bad things can and do happen, she takes happiness seriously. She understands that a flat tire is an inconvenience, not a crisis. She notices and appreciates the little things: the first persimmon of the season, catching every green light en route to work.
She's Creative8 of 9
Her energy is no longer poured into homemaking, raising families and getting established in a career, which means she has more energy to channel into other projects. She travels or sculpts or learns to make coq au vin—or a combination of all of the above. And she has the wisdom and experience to put those productive years to good use.
She's Loved9 of 9
Having spent a lifetime nurturing connections with friends, family, lovers, even pets, she now has time to enjoy the flowering.