How many stories have you read, or seen on film, that revolve around a mature woman looking for her place in life? Though this seems to be slowly changing, older women are rarely the protagonists of books and movies. It seems the media wants to convince us that, somehow, the perfect age is 22, but we’re only 22 for, like, a second. A few more seconds pass, and then we’re 36, and then a minute later, we’re in our sixties –now wise but just tired enough to no longer have patience for trivialities.
We romanticize youth endlessly, forgetting that with maturity comes a certain kind of magic waiting to be explored. I know this, not because I am mature enough, but because Brigitte Bardot exists in the world. She was, and still is, a beautiful face, but only after she got older could we see that she’s not merely a face, but a whole world of wisdom.
And if we listen carefully to her words, growing old is no longer a problem. Instead, it’s something to look forward to. Here are 7 remarkable and inspirational quotes to take with you into your fall:
1. On the difference between the ages:
“I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.”
2. On beauty:
“What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.”
Here’s a little story of hers, on that one time she met Marilyn Monroe:
How refreshing is it to see one fantastic woman praise another one?
3. On our thirties:
“When you’re thirty you’re old enough to know better, but still young enough to go ahead and do it.”
4. On inexperience:
“I have not always loved wisely, but I was young.”
5. On the rewards:
“It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.”
On the age of 50, at the 1:13 mark:
6. On priorities:
“I wanted to be myself. Only myself.”
7. On the point of it all:
“I would like, before I die, to see the changes I’ve always fought for being made. If not, my life will have been worth nothing.”
In a world like this one, being irrevocably yourself seems to be the perfect way to go, and in that sense, Brigitte seems to have conquered life.
Jana Misho is the author of “Almost Parisian: How To Survive Your Late Twenties in Paris” and “Anais from Montmartre.” She writes things she wants to read and is inspired by art, people and obscure Parisian cafés. Probably the only person in the world who has a tattoo of Tour Montparnasse. Her third novel “Lulu” is coming to Amazon soon.