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Reaching the age of 60 was something of a milestone! It was much sooner than I was looking for it, but I'm choosing to embrace my age every step of the way. I am happy to be 60. It wasn't like 50. It wasn't, like, 'Oh, my God, I'm 50!  It's more like,  Oh WOW I'm here. This is good. This is really wonderful.

I started thinking about how I desired to spend the rest of my life. I felt a lot of excitement about this new milestone and sensed a lot of new and different possibilities as well.  Turning 60, however, is much easier for me than the time I turned 50! Since I have proven to myself that it is never too late to create my own future, to be who I choose to be, to do what I love to do and to create the life I desire to have. I discovered that life can be fabulous after 50.

Ten years earlier, when I turned 50, like most of my friends and colleagues, I sensed some anxiety about getting older and a lot of uncertainty too. I recognised that the biggest challenge was my own point of view. Determined that my second half century would be more enlivened than the first, instead of running from my 50th birthday, I made a conscious choice to fully embrace it. The choice I made created a huge difference in what shows up for me. For me, there’s so much I wanted to do and accomplish. I wanted to continue to work in my business, I wanted to be a contribution to create a better world, I wanted to be financial aware and I wanted to stay healthy, creative and generative. I have found, for myself, that the best secret to ageing gracefully and brilliantly is about my own awareness, my point of view and attitude. It's how I feel about myself at any given moment. This creates a totally different possibility. 

if you're in love with yourself, if you feel that you have [something] to offer to yourself, your family and the world."
Maya Angelou is one of the most influential women of our time. Her writing pulls on the hearts of many readers. In addition to her proliferous writing career, Maya Angelou has been a civil rights activist. This poem shows how even though someone is not beautiful on the outside compared to society's standards, there is an inner beauty that makes a woman even more beautiful.
 

Whenever I felt the anxiety about getting older or wondered about what it means to age gracefully and brilliantly, I reminded myself of the famous quote from Maya Angelou -  "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude". 
 

the best thing about getting older is learning to appreciate life. "The good news is I'm here and I love everything!" I have found, for myself, that the best secret to aging is about your attitude! I think it's how you feel about yourself at any given moment—if you're in love with yourself, if you feel that you have [something] to offer to yourself, your family and the world."
 

However, looking at where I am now, I am so grateful for the life I have created and the joy that I feel. I was determined that my second half century would be more enlivened than the first. 

On my 60th birthday, I asked myself, “What would the next decade bring?” And more importantly, “What do I want to create as my life?”  I spent the day reflecting on what's generative for me, what brought me joy, what do I love to do, what elevates me, and celebrated with gratitude and joy that I am am able to be even more creative and generative now at 60 than I was at 30, 40 or 50.

My priority in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with joy, generosity of spirit, humour, grace and style. I am aware that only by owning who and what I am can I step into the fullness of life. I refuse to let a system, a culture, a distorted view about getting old tell me what I should be or do. 
 

What I know for sure is that it’s the my daily choices actions I take each moment and each day that create and generate new and different possibilities. 

empowering everyone to trust their inner wisdom, follow their heart’s desire, and flourish at every age and stage of life. how your spiritual health can have a direct impact on your physical wellbeing, and why finding joy is key to growing older without aging. I also explain that we have it in us to make growing older an entirely different experience, for both our bodies and our souls. 

Call me crazy, but I’ve never really understood our culture’s fear of getting older. The way I see it, every year can be a brand new journey.  

Think about it: You get one chance to be 25…38…44…61…and every age before and between. Why wouldn’t you want to experience all the wonder in each step on your path?

'If you’re blessed to enough to grow older, there’s so much wisdom to be gained from celebrating the process with vibrancy and vigour and grace.'

While she is comfortable with her age, it took the 60-year-old longer to accept her body.


But the greatest lesson was a simple three words from Angelou: “You are enough!” It’s a heady and rich idea, the sort that takes a lifetime to master. The friendship between Angelou and Oprah was one for the ages; it’s been a pleasure seeing the depth of their connection throughout their work, and with Angelou’s death, it will be missed.

I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her. She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.

 

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Oprah Winfrey's business interests have extended well beyond her own production company. She is one of the partners in Oxygen Media, Inc., a cable channel and interactive network presenting programming designed primarily for women. With her success, she has also become one of the world's most generous philanthropists. In 2000, Oprah's Angel Network began presenting a $100,000 "Use Your Life Award" to people who are using their own lives to improve the lives of others. She now publishes two magazines, O, The Oprah Magazine, and O at Home. The launch of her first magazine was the most successful start-up in the history of the industry. When Forbespublished its list of America's billionaires for the year 2003, it disclosed that Oprah Winfrey was the first African-American woman to become a billionaire.