Women in their twenties have a lot of growing up to do. Heck, you all are just starting out. That's why I am here to tell you to stop tearing down women in their thirties and forties with blog articles on what they shouldn't be doing, wearing, or saying.
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When you do this, it makes you look pathetic, needy, insecure and just childish. You have to remember, you are starting out. When I was in my 20s, I spun my wheels trying to find a mentor, but now that I am in my 40s, that type of relationship can be readily found The point is, you shouldn't have to wait until you are 40 for that type of mentorship and guidance. Having a community of women that you share your goals and dreams with keeps you accountable to yourself. You need to surround yourself with people that are doing something NOW, at age 20-something, not wait until you are 40 for that type of relationship to “kick-in.”
We have the power to change the conversation when women are being torn down about their bodies, their choices, about how they choose to show the world who they are. The power is greater in numbers. It doesn't work when we have twenty-somethings writing articles say what women in their forties need to stop wearing, stop doing, blah, blah, blah.
We should embrace natural beauty, rather than be critical of other women’s bodies and our own. I've been blessed with being 40 and looking 25. That said, I'm not going to stop wearing something just because I am 40. That's crazy! If I like it, if it's still comfortable, and if I still feel good in it, I'm going to wear it. It's that simple. Age doesn't dictate what I wear. As women, we should compliment other women. It’s not a competition, it never really has been.
One woman's success is inspiration for another. Real women stick up for one another and leave the crap talking behind. Admiring other women’s strengths and being there for each other in times of weakness will help us all come out as stronger individuals. Everyone can learn something from someone else, regardless of age. We should treat age as it really is, a number of how long we have been alive, not a number that defines who we are. Remember, your age doesn't define you, it prepares you.
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