Aging Bodies as a 66-Year-Old Woman

paulettereesdenis
7 min readJul 11, 2023

My musings today, about this body of mine and the changes we all go through…

I’m almost 66 years old, and my body is changing. I’ve always been active, physical, a dancer and yogi and mover and shaker. I have always had a lot of energy. But I am noticing changes. I’m not as strong as I used to be, and I don’t have the same energy, close, but not the same. I get frustrated sometimes with these changes, but I’m learning to accept my aging body and appreciate all that it’s done for me. And it has done a lot!

My body has been my many forms of expression, physically and emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, for all of my creativity, and it has also been my money maker! As a dancer, global traveler, and teacher, it’s always been of the highest and utmost priority to keep strong, fit, and healthy, so I could do all the things I have already done.

And baby, I am not done yet.

Here are a few things I’ve learned about aging bodies:

  • They’re not perfect. My skin is getting more and more wrinkled, my hair is grayer and grayer, and I have some new aches and pains. These are just the signs of a life well-lived.
  • They’re strong. My body has carried me through a lot, and it’s still going strong.
  • They’re capable. I can still do the things I love, even if I have to do them a little differently. Because taking care of this body, this temple is high priority, still. Because I want to feel good in my skin.
  • They’re beautiful. My body is beautiful, just the way it is. Amen and hallelujah! That doesn’t mean I quit taking care of it, or keep improving it, being connected within and without,

I’m proud of my aging body. It’s a testament to my strength and resilience. I’m grateful for all that it’s done for me, and I’m excited to see what it will do in the years to come.

I’m never one to say, “growing old sucks”, or growing old is awful”, etc. I LOVE getting older, I love having new experiences. I love dancing and moving this body. I love continuing to use my new creative adventures and expressing…

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paulettereesdenis

Lifestyle Coach for Creatives, author, poet, teacher, speaker, passion instigator, movement motivator, guitar strummer, Global Caravan dancer & director