I gotta be honest… Getting older freaks me out. All the clichés you’ve ever heard start to ring in my ears:
“Getting old…it ain’t for sissies!” and
“Youth is wasted on the young!” and
“My get-up-and-go just got-up-and-went!” and so on.
I start to wonder how I’ll survive that seemingly long, difficult period that heads inexorably towards…well, let’s just say it: Death.
Then I went to see the dazzling, life-affirming movie “Iris”, which is about a woman… IN HER 90s… who has been kicking ass all over the fashion world: magazines, museums, runways from New York to Paris, and now of course, a documentary by a super-influential filmmaker. Hello! Not bad for someone who was apparently “discovered” only about 10 years ago!
Iris Apfel is being celebrated for her extraordinary style, but it goes much deeper than that. It is also who she is, and her unique-yet-straightforward approach to life. It’s also a look at the culmination of all the experiences… all the influences… which have made her so fabulous and have caused such a stir.
This is an audacious, accomplished woman and watching her made me realize not only is it OKAY to follow the beat of your own drum, to be truly creative you MUST do so. How rewarding and fun life can be when you stop trying to please everyone else and just start suiting yourself!
Iris Apfel may be one-of-a-kind, but the film’s message about her bold spirit and willingness to continue to say YES to life is inspiring to anyone and at any age.
Now, the filmmaker himself is no Spring Chicken, and perhaps it took his OWN age and experience to capture her unique vitality. He has since passed away, but I wish I could thank him because THIS is the quote about aging that I believe now:
“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
This is a story my mom told about herself: She and a friend were commenting on how stylish an older woman was, and my mom said “I hope to dress as colorfully as she does when I’m her age.” And the friend responded “I don’t know why you would. You aren’t now.” And, by golly, my mom became a bit of a peacock.
I only met your Mom a few times, but she did strike me as a stylish woman… Good for her!