How do we age well? The answer is the same whether we are venturing in a new business, or if we need help in becoming our better selves: We find mentors, experts in our endeavors, friends who share knowledge, give direction, and most of all, inspire. They can be writers such as Penelope Lively, Sybil Bedford, Janet Flanners, or Mavis Gallant or designer Margaret Howell who give us glimpses into the lives of women who do.
A 90 year old woman whose simple elegance, curiosity, and engagement inspires me. Among other activities she raises money for scholarships for the local high school students that changes the course of their lives.
I have a friend who collects great art and has infallable taste in books, one who is an intrepid traveler and inspired me to walk the Camino in Spain. I have a friend, a writer, who is witty and insightful, a woman that for years I suspected was the real Miss Manners, the voices so similar. Another friend is an athlete and encouraged me to push myself to do my first Century (100 miles) bike ride. Another friend is funny and creative, a woman that lights up a room with her joy of life and generosity to others.
In other words, they are damned interesting.
These women teach one lesson: Don't wait. Don't wait to travel, start an enterprise, create something, do something risky, show love, uncork the champagne!
And the way they look? They feel beautiful and confident in their own bodies, while living fully in the world: This is the definitive mark of a women of style.
Find these women. Make them your friends. Learn from them.
Now go and be inspired!