This is an unplanned first blog on my new upgraded, improved blog. I have had some help with my revamp from a highly recommended tech person in Sweden. His name is Charles Smith and his site is WPopt. The introduction came from my dear friend Orna, whose blog Orna Bakes is fabulous.
I had planned my first new blog to be on a very serious subject that had arisen in my life. A dear friend, one of six children, lost her Mother and a huge fight broke out among the kids about a DNR, a topic which bears reviewing in any and all blogs about aging.
However, my attention was diverted from that particular subject by my total inability to “get” any information straight when not looking at you face to face. Charles set about making my blog more attractive and user-friendly. E-mails went back and forth, and I thought I was reading them carefully but suddenly the word CATEGORIES jumped out at me.
The theory he was trying to have me understand was linking pictures to the categories, and to use more pictures in the actual blogs. Duh, so I have held everything up now while pondering what type of pictures to attach to each category. You as a reader will not see this blog until a final decision is reached and set in stone, but I am wrestling with this as I write.
I have investigated some cartoons using senior characters, perhaps the most famous being Maxine. While I love these, the persona of a crabby old lady isn’t what I envisioned when I started this blog. So, back to the drawing board. Then I considered pictures of myself taken to fit each group. Good luck getting me into a bathing suit in the middle of the winter and without some serious retouching. To start on a big project like that would take months while I found the perfect locations and the best photographer and a hair and makeup team.
Now, what to do about these categories, then I remembered an actress who embodies what a woman in her sixties should be, Helen Mirren. I am fully prepared to defend this position. If, I ever finish my planned book about an interesting and exciting two years in my life, I will choose Dame Helen to play my part, in the movie that is sure to follow. Here are my reasons.
She is beautiful but not too beautiful, therefore she does not engender envy. If she has had any “work” done it is very, very subtle and I am good at spotting unsubtle tinkering. She also seems not to take herself too seriously, how many academy award-winning actresses do you see on the New York subway. She also somehow manages to be sexy and classy at the same time, something that is not easy to pull off. Too many older women make you cringe at their attempt to remain sexy long after that ship has sailed. She also has a pretty terrific sense of humor when interviewed, I think she’d be fun to spend a Saturday afternoon with.
I can go on and on about why I would pick her as a role model, but she certainly is the active sixty-nine year old I aspire to be. Some type of work I love, and a mate to share these years with. Age appropriate clothing, neither too youthful nor outfits falling into the “I just don’t care what I wear anymore”, look.
Therefore, disregarding the advice of my otherwise perfect psychologist, who believes that some readers may find Helen intimidating and be turned off, I am sticking with Ms. Mirren. Personally, I kept this picture of the famous red bikini on the mirror in my bathroom for two years to discourage the thought, “Oh, just how good can I expect to look at sixty-five.” If there is one thing I learned from my years as a Weight Watchers leader, it is that most people want to have someone to whom they can relate. Common goals, good health, a reason to get out of bed every morning and the ability to look as good as we can at the supermarket. Maybe, I am wrong but hopefully, if Charles has done his job you will be able to share your opinions with me.
Perhaps, I will even hear from Dame Helen’s solicitor, demanding that I cease and desist exploiting her likeness. I will immediately insist upon a jury trial so I can finally meet her.
Okay, between my psychologist and Charles, who is more worried about the legal ramifications of using Helen Mirren as my role model and standard-bearer of my categories, I will slip a few other sixty plus icons in the mix for you nervous nellies, but I have corresponded with Ms. Mirren and if she has no objections she may reign supreme in the end.