To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve heard from some of our favourite ladies who are continually inspiring us to live life to the fullest. From carrying on with a lifelong passion to realising a dream at 54, we’ve got some amazing nuggets of wisdom for you from these incredible women. Prepare to be awed and inspired by their strong characters, amazing sense of humours and surprising spare-time activities.
Laura June has spent most of her life in show business. After starting her career in acting, she decided to go behind the scenes and ended up designing costumes for the BBC for over 30 years. Laura lives her life not dwelling on age, and believes that she’s now the happiest and most fulfilled that she’s ever been. She says that she has no desire to retire and to keep her creative juices flowing she currently teaches aspiring designers about science fiction in California.
I like to think I am a supernova. I just get brighter and brighter as I get older.
Try telling 67-year-old Jenny she should ‘act her age’. Jenny's been singing since she was a toddler and had her first record deal at the age of 12. Now she's made a new album, is about to tour with her band – and has no plans to hang up the mic just yet. She says, “I do it because I love it and because I'm lured to it. It's like a moth to a flame”.
You have to be dynamic, you have to be powerful, you have to punch the world.
At 82, Tessa says ballet's the best thing for posture, balance and confidence – it makes her feel 20 years younger. Tessa’s best advice for us - you can make the most of getting older if you have a relaxed attitude and aren't a 'stick in the mud'. Despite being 82, she says:
I feel about 65 years old. A force to be reckoned with.
A woman who marches to the beat of her own drum. Regularly seen with beaded, spiky hair and a rock and roll attitude to match, Crissy’s life as a professional drummer has left her with many stories to tell. So many in fact, publishers are chasing for her memoirs.
I did try and slow down, but life won’t let me!
Jo Webster-Green lives a colourful life. Starting from absolutely nothing, Jo’s fantastic dream of owning her own toy shop became real two and a half years ago. She says she’s so glad that she waited until she was over 50 to do it as she now has the patience and courage to do it, which is something that comes with age. Her best advice is to take life by the horns!
It doesn’t matter how old you are… take what you want out of life because you only get one chance.
For someone who didn't pick up a camera until she retired at 60, Alex has come on leaps and bounds. She has been featured by the BBC and has already published a book of her images entitled 'Growing Old Competitively' – a celebration of older athletes, as well as the process of growing older.
Anyone who says they're too old, it's absolutely never, ever too late.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Who’s the most inspiring lady that you know, and what has she taught you about life? We’d love to hear about her.
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