Stop talking about my age! Your age always has to be mentioned and men don’t really get that for some reason.
It’s not like you see Joe Schmo, 37.
~ Jennifer Aniston
Wherever I show up, especially as a speaker, I’m asked the same questions that catapulted me on my own Ageless Quest in my youth. However it’s phrased, it comes down to the same over arching question for everyone, no matter their generation: “Who am I if I’m no longer young?” This question is most often followed by exasperated pleas: “I still have so much I want to do. I want to make a positive difference while combining doing well with doing good. I want to be relevant and self-sufficient! What’s next for me? And how do I get there?”
To find some new answers to what it means to be a visible older woman and to ascertain our new role in creating a future that works, I spoke with women all over the United States about their views on aging and living a full life. In particular, I interviewed women visionaries over 60 years old—I was seeking answers and guidance that I wanted to share with other women asking the same questions I was asking.
The best of these Ageless conversations with visionary women are collected in my book Visionaries Have Wrinkles: Conversations with Wise Women Who Are Reshaping the Future (2012). The women I interviewed not only tell it like it is, but also show us how it can be. Their voices are those of interesting, everyday women who have lived, and are living, extraordinary lives.
The women whose stories I share in Visionaries Have Wrinkles have been creating their legacy for those of us who follow for a very long time. Several have passed on since I first started my interviews years ago. Some are still spreading the word. These conversations and personal encounters helped me reframe what it means to live passionately, impactfully, and consciously at every age. These women gifted me with knowing the importance of re-storying a triumphant ending to our ending stories. I hope they can do the same for you. Check them out and see for yourself.