This week I turn 43, I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 35, thank you..hahaha but all jokes aside, why do we cringe when another birthday comes around? Why shouldn’t a woman ever reveal her age?
I recently received a phone call from my mother-in-law who had seen a picture of me in the newspaper’s social section where it had revealed my age and she was mortified and told me I shouldn’t let people know how old I am as she thought it would go against me. I just laughed it off, but I did start to wonder why people make age such an issue or a roadblock.
New Kids on the Block said it best;
Happy birthday to you
You're still young
Age is just a number
Don't you stop having fun
People hesitantly ask me all the time how old I am and I will happily tell them. I have no fear around my age or how young I am (see what I did there). I feel excited to tell them, why? Because while I may, in birth dates, be 43, I don’t feel it, I don’t look it nor do I let it be a barrier. I am proud to be me, and age isn’t a factor. I refuse to limit my goals and dreams all because there is a stigma about “age”. How often do we hear in conversation “I’m too old for that”…. says who? The only person saying that is you! The only person limiting your life, if you’re thinking that is you!
If you let age become a barrier to what you want to achieve in life, then opportunities are going to pass you by and when you are 92 years old, swinging in your lazy boy with all the “I should haves” rolling around in your head.
Look at Michael Hill, for instance, he worked in his Uncles watch shop for the first 25 years of his life, then at the age of 40, knowing that his uncle was never going to allow him to buy into the family business, he started his own jewellery shop. Now Michael Hill Jewellers is one of the biggest franchised businesses across the globe. He started from scratch at the age of 40 and now at 80 years young and celebrating 40 years of owning Michael Hill, he’s still shooting for those twinkling diamonds in the sky and not letting “AGE” be his barrier.
I started my real estate career at 19 years old and by the time I was 30 I had owned and operated 5 agencies. I thought this was it, my life would be real estate, property development and building a property portfolio of my own to retire on. At 37, I decided that I had achieved all I wanted to achieve in the real estate industry, I had hit all my targets and goals, I had grown the business to where I needed it to be, I had a healthy portfolio of investment properties. In 2013, I won Corporate Business Women of the Year and it left me wondering, What do I do now? Where do I go from here? I wasn’t enjoying the industry anymore, so what was it I wanted to do next? I wanted to create TV shows and be a TV Presenter, so I did.
Again I had a lot of people throw up that word “AGE” in my face, I was 37 years old trying to tap into an extremely hard market and I was constantly reminded of that. But here I am at 43, doing what I love. I have created 3 TV Series, I host on the red carpet at the TV Week Logie Awards each year, I get to interview some of Australia’s leading personalities, I’ve been the editor of a magazine, Ambassador for MYER Brisbane City and Maroochydore and I am not slowing down anytime soon.
I’ve gone from Real Estate to creating and hosting TV series to Travel and writing about it, I’ve written fashion columns for newspapers and most recently, I have dipped my toe in renovating houses.
We, US, you and I are the masters of our destinies, we should not be limited by our DOB, but some of us are limited in our thinking, the thinking that we are “too old” to try something new or “too old” for a new career path or just simply “too old”. I call BS on that, only you can change your mindset around age. Don’t let it be a barrier, embrace your age, own your age and love your age wholeheartedly.