12 People Living Their Best Life At Every Stage, Proving Age Really Is Just A Number

"Every day I dance for two hours."

Oftentimes, growing old gets a bad rap. People try to slow down the process of aging through beauty regimens, diets, and other extremes, all while worrying about their next birthday. 

But there are plenty of people turning society's notion of aging completely on its head to demonstrate that the aging process can be beautiful, and something we shouldn't be fighting, but rather celebrating. Through them, we see that we can age happily and gracefully, and that growing old can actually bring us so much joy. 

To show just how great life is at every stage, we're highlighting 12 people who are showing us that we never have to slow down, and that it's always best to keep a positive mindset. 


1. This anonymous woman featured on Humans of New York who dances every day for two hours.

"I'm 90, but I feel like I'm 50. I don't take any medicine. I never complain. I'm just happy to be alive. I tell people: 'Start with what you have, not with what you want.' Every day I dance for two hours. And I'm still really interesting too. I love politics and literature. I love the sciences. And I've got a boyfriend named Alexander. We exchange books. I don't even know how old he is."

2. Internet personality Baddie Winkle, who says she still truly feels young at heart.

"Age has always been nothing but a number to me and still today I truly feel young at heart. Physically my arthritis in my hip is so damn painful and it is truly making me feel my age. I'm not going to let this get me down. I'm still serving looks baby!! No matter what," Baddie Winkle wrote in celebration of her 89th birthday.

3. Supermodel Christie Brinkley, who posed for Sports Illustrated at 63.

"Thank you, Sports Illustrated, for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!" Brinkley wrote in a post on her Instagram account. 

4. This anonymous woman who says her yoga class isn't advanced enough for her.

"I do yoga at the senior center. But it's not advanced enough for me. I can do the cat, the dog, the bridge, the snake … all of it. My class is filled with younger people in their 60s and 70s. They are always complaining: 'My hip! My diabetes!' But you'll never hear a word out of me."

5. Actress Helen Mirren, who knows life is too much fun to worry about the other stuff.

"Certainly when I was 45, the idea of being 70 was like 'Arghhh!' but you only have two options in life: Die young or get old. There is nothing else. The idea of dying young when you're 25 is kind of cool — a bit romantic, like James Dean. But then you realize that life is too much fun to do that. It's fascinating and wonderful and emotional. So you just have to find a way of negotiating getting old psychologically and physically," Helen Mirren said in AARP The Magazine.

6. Madonna, the legend who doesn't care what society thinks.

"I don't care. It's the rest of society that cares. I don't ever think about my age until someone says something about it. I feel that I have wisdom, experience, knowledge and a point of view that is important. Can a teenager relate to that? Probably not. But that's OK. I understand that," Madonna told Billboard magazine.

7. Actress Sandra Bullock, who credits her wrinkles to laughing.

"I was putting [my son Louis] to bed and told him that even when I'm old and gray and more wrinkly than I am now, I'll still love him and want to tuck him in. And he asked me why I have wrinkles, and I said, 'Well, I hope some of them are from laughing so much,'" Sandra Bullock told People magazine

8. Oprah Winfrey, who recognizes the value in telling the truth about your age.

 "People who lie about their age are denying the truth and contributing to a sickness pervading our society — the sickness of wanting to be what you're not. I know for sure that only by owning who and what you are can you step into the fullness of life," Oprah Winfrey told magazine.

9. This anonymous woman who knows what she wants.

"I'm looking for a tall man. 85 to 90 years old. Preferably a professional. Needs to have a good mood. But other than that I'm pretty open. If you know anybody, let me know."

10. Designer Diane Von Furstenberg, who believes ages comes with wisdom.

"With age comes wisdom ... embrace it!," she writes on Instagram.

11. This anonymous man, who's been traveling non-stop for seven years.

"I downsized my life to one large suitcase, and I've been traveling non-stop for seven years. Everyone's happy. My ex-wife got the real estate. And I got my peace," he tells Humans of New York.

12. This anonymous man, who's keeping a positive attitude.

"I'm doing great from the neck up," he tells Humans of New York.


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