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Get Up and Dance. Growing Old Disgracefully !

Article by Linda Evans

Sitting in the bar after dinner at my Mauritian holiday hotel (and yes, I am bragging,) I couldn’t help but notice how every woman was dancing in her seat. Fruity cocktail in front of her, jiggling and swaying to the music whilst the dance floor remained empty.

One lone French woman, dressed admittedly like an over-dressed belly dancer, (ie her belly was covered but she had enough coins and metal covering her that everything was swaying,) braved the small round dance floor, madly kicking her legs and jumping around, partnered by her small child. We all watched, no one moved from their seat. It was almost as if everyone disapproved. But I decided, she was the only one there who’d had a blinding night.

Grow old disgracefully

The next night, in my confirmed aim to ‘grow old disgracefully’ I decided to get everyone up and moving -especially as it was ‘disco night’. Getting a willing singleton on my side, and aided somewhat reluctantly by my daughter, we 3 took to the floor and then beckoned other women to join us. Within 15 minutes we had everyone (men and women) in the bar dancing. It was a brilliant night! ….. But oh, my poor head the next day! Still, it was worth it.
However, there’s a moral to the story. No! Not to mind how much alcohol one consumes -though admittedly this is sage advice, but to let your inhibitions go -especially on holiday when no one knows you – and I promise, whatever your age, you’ll have more fun.

Photo credit: Salavatore Vuono


About me: So, I have been married for 28 years and my husband and I have known each other since we were 11 (although I had a brief marriage to an Italian in the 1970s). I have a 24 year old daughter who is interning at a London Ad agency . I was previously PR director for Toni and Guy and currently work 1990 when they started franchising and I became PR director for Toni&Guy and now work for TIGI as a consultant. In 2003 we moved to Cornwall. My husband took (very) early semi-retirement. Since then I’ve been splitting my time between London and Cornwall. My daughter and I now ‘share’ a flat in Battersea, a couple of hundred yards from my office. When I’m in Cornwall I fit in as much exercise as I can!

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  1. Ellie Wilkie

    December 14, 2011

    Thought you might find this appropriate . From my book The myth of the vertical stripe available Amazon .com
    As a woman of a certain age
    I’m afraid I’m not on the same page
    As many of my contemporaries
    With silver hair and replaced knees.
    The secret of my cunning plan
    I’m married to a younger man.
    He keeps me busy every day
    I love it when he gets that way.
    I’m very happy cant you see
    To grow old quite disgracefully
    Bring on hair dye and mascara
    Push up bras, female viagra
    Please don’t give in and act your age
    Lift up, breath in,strut rant and rage.
    My best advice to you would be
    To have a cunning plan like me.
    Go find yourself a nice young man
    – be disgraceful while you can!

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      December 14, 2011

      Great poem Ellie – although I dont think I’m ready to trade in hubby for a younger model- yet!! 🙂

  2. Lynne Gray

    December 14, 2011

    Ha! Love it! Life is rich and rewarding when you get out there 🙂

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