Do you think being over 40 is the best season of your life? Keep reading below to discover a few people who have proved it is!
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old”
– George Burns
I came across this quote the other day by George Burns and loved it.
George Burns won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 79, for his role in The Sunshine Boys. His sudden career revival at the age of 79 proves that this season of your life is full of amazing opportunities for success.
I personally love to hear motivating stories about people who found success later in life. I find the media and pop culture loves to celebrate youth and their accomplishments but pay little attention to people thriving in their 60’s and 70’s. Yearly publications such as “Forbes Top 30 Under 30” and “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” are good examples of this.
However I do find the narrative around aging is starting to change. “I’m pro–aging—and officially ditching the term ‘anti-aging’ from my vocabulary,” writes Maria Shriver in an article for Oprah Daily. I believe it is important to shine a spotlight on people who are finding success with their careers and life at 40, 50, 60, and beyond.
Here are a few inspiring people who have proved being over 40 is the best season of your life:
Mary Ann Elizabeth Katowitz – She started modeling at 46. She is now 54 and has a thriving career working for big brands such as Marc Jabobs and Clarins Canada. Her beauty is effortless (she refuses to colour her hair) and she credits Pilates and Yoga as what keeps her body in amazing shape. Her Instagram Page is full of inspiring photos, quotes and beauty tips.
Julia Child – didn’t get her first cookbook published until the age of 50
Vera Wang – A fashion designer who didn’t design her first wedding dress until age 40. (Forbes reported in 2020 that Wang’s net worth was around $270 million).
Henry Ford was 45 when he created the revolutionary Model T car in 1908.
Chip Wilson started the Lululemon empire when he was 42 years old. Lululemon went on to reshape the athletic wear industry.
Lululemon holds a special place in my heart. As a Pilates Instructor, this brand is my favourite. My husband probably wishes the company would fold as the amount of Lululemon products I have bought over the years is probably equivalent to a downpayment on a cottage. Anyhoo, I digress.
I could go on with many others who have shown that there is no age limit on success. It truly is all around us when we look for it. Whether it is a family member, friend or a public figure, find people that you can relate to and inspire you. There is nothing more motivating than inspiration.
Christine Kirkland is a Certified Pilates Instructor offering online Pilates classes. She specializes in helping adults to increase their balance, strength, mobility and feel their best every day. Sign up for the newsletter which is jam packed full of fitness tips and advice for seniors, bonus freebies and subscriber exclusives by clicking here.