The term ‘age is just a number’ is often used by people all over the world. But not everyone seems to believe in it. When this 76-year-old grandma expressed her sense of style, she was not met with the kindest of words.
But she did not hold back either. Keep reading to know more about what happened!
76-year-old Candace Leslie Cima has many identities. This includes being a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. But apart from that, she is also an artist, a businesswoman, and a model. The Buffalo, New York-based senior runs a blog named “Life In My 70s: Aging Is Changing.”
On her blog, she gives advice to other women about embracing changes in themselves as they grow older and about lifestyle and fashion. Cima says that her interest in aging has been long-standing. She developed it when she was in her 20s and 30s. She has been the owner of a senior housing facility for several decades. She has known aging people from all walks of life.
From her vast experience with those growing older, Cima has concluded, “The one thing I know for sure is that Aging is Changing. We are not our mothers or our grandmothers. We now have the chance to be productive, intelligent, compassionate, [and] stylish women throughout our later years.”
She also has a TikTok account where she showcases her life and her choice in fashion to her almost 100,000 followers. While she has several admirers, she also has trolls who do not like what she wears.
She often wears trendy clothes; in a video, she posted wearing light blue slacks, with a white short-sleeved top and heels. The text in the video indicated how she often hears comments that she should not wear this because she is ’60 years old’ to which she appears to pay no mind and reveal that she is actually 75 years old at the time!
In another video, she posted herself strolling near a swimming pool while on vacation in Florida. She wore a chic black one-piece swimsuit. People gushed in the comments about how amazing she looked.
She made her TikTok account to encourage other women to embrace the beauty of aging and let go of the negative connotations attached to it.
On her blog, she often highlights the perks of aging and how it changes you for the better as a person. She personally enjoys the fact that she is less stressed as she grows older; learning to do new things and being fearless are some of her favorite things. She tells women that aging can perhaps be the best thing that has happened to them. She says, “Many older women live vibrant and fulfilling lives as they age. More and more women are setting records and breaking through barriers.”
She is adamant about letting older women realize that they do not need to abide by rules set by society on what they can and cannot wear. She wants to fight against the idea that you cannot do certain things past a certain age.
As she gets older, Cima knows how stress and anxiety can take root in her mind. She says she now knows how time and meditation can help her combat those feelings.
As she ages, she has a better idea on what works for her in life. She shared, “Attitude is everything, and changing how you look at something can change how you feel about it. Changing how you feel about it can change the outcome… Aging does not mean stopping; it means you now have accumulated wisdom that is unstoppable if you want it to be.”
As she grows older, she also realizes the importance of staying healthy. The 76-year-old has an active routine and shares snippets of what she does to stay fit. She has a solid yoga practice that she turns to in order to keep herself active and healthy.
Her video doing yoga attracted a lot of comments of people being impressed with how flexible she was even at her age. She provides a solid example to her audience of what healthy aging looks like. A viewer commented, “You are so inspiring! I am 44 and have been following a few older women on social media to provide me with examples of graceful and healthy aging.”
Even with ageist comments directed towards her, she makes sure to not take it personally. The 76-year-old is a true example of how beauty has no age!
Candace is a happy reminder of what aging can look like if you stick to doing things how you want. Share this inspiring piece with your friends and family so they can know how aging gracefully is possible!