Getting Older And Loving It. How About You?

By Gracie Bonds Staples
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) 64 year old Lyn Slater has amassed hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers who admire posts of her looking fabulous and proud.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reading about Lyn Slater, the Fordham University professor and Instagram idol the other day, I couldn’t help thinking, “You go, girl.”

If you missed it, Slater, 64, was featured in a New York Times piece about a certain group of women, all on Instagram, who are determined not to age.

Not that she’s out and about in hot pants or Botoxing to fend against the natural process of aging, but as the writer put it, she and the others are by no means “feeling pressed to close up shop.”

In fact, Slater has amassed hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers who admire posts of her looking fabulous in frayed jeans and such on Accidental Icon.

“I flaunt it,” she was quoted saying. “I’m not 20. I don’t want to be 20, but I’m really freaking cool.”
Doesn’t that just make your heart smile? Does mine ’cause, really, most days I feel the same way.

And at 60, I’d like to think I’m in that chorus of like-minded women in their 70s and 80s, who, the writer says, are eschewing long-held notions of how “old” looks, feels, and in some instances, acts.

I was never what you might call a wild child, smoking pot and burning my bra, but on my way to this decade, I’ve had a lotta fun and even taken a few risks here or there.

And I did it, always, looking my best. In heels. And my best dress.

When you’re 15 and your mother suddenly dies at age 43, then your father at 51, aging looks different. It’s no longer a curse, something to hide or be ashamed of; it’s a blessing, something you look forward to.

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