Just FYI, I’m currently “living my best life”, all because Oprah told me to.
And in a matter of life imitating art one of the hottest shows around is now telling my story.
I recently made the life-changing decision to start a brand new career in media/publishing/writing at the same time as moving to a brand new city.
At age 41. As a divorced, single parent.
It’s a similar story to that of Liza (played by Sutton Foster) in the hit show Younger, which is available in Australia on Stan. Liza is a 40-year-old single mother with a daughter in college who decides to follow her dreams after her divorce.
Check, check, check.
But alas, that’s where the similarities end – at least, superficially.
Liza has the face and body of a woman half her age, but no matter how deluded I am – no one is going to believe I’m 26.
But Liza pulls off that coup so that she can land herself a glamorous job – her dream job – in publishing. She needs to be “younger” to do this, so that her fifteen years out of the workplace and out of the job market, raising her daughter, isn’t so obvious.
We’re now four seasons into Younger, with season five about to start.
Only three of the main characters in the show know Liza’s real age; her roommate Maggie, her ex-boyfriend Josh (Nico Tortorella) and her work wife Kelsey (Hilary Duff). The secrecy around Liza’s age has produced some of the main story-lines, but the show is also about many other things.
For example, Duff’s character, Kelsey, is an unapologetically, firm but fair feminist, and a trailblazing publisher.
Whose team are you on? #TeamJosh or #TeamCharles? Make sure you’re up to date on the show everyone’s talking about, the brand new season of #Younger premieres June 6 only on Stan. pic.twitter.com/RUcUlPnSaf
— Stan. (@StanAustralia) May 30, 2018
Liza’s love life is a fascinating mix of an older man – owner of Empirical Publishing, Charles (Peter Hermann) – and a younger man, Josh, who are all involved in a sub-plot of the show which explores the pros and cons of both.
Then there’s the full colour display of female friendship at its finest – and the full colour display of female fashion at its finest. And none of it is restricted by age, or other arbitrary limits.
And that’s precisely why Younger is so universally appealing.
At 40, Liza basically reinvents herself – her home. Her wardrobe. Her career. Her identity. And yet, strangely, it’s the happiest she’s ever been. She feels alive. She wakes up hungry for each day.
It’s a feeling I know all too well.
Never thought when I moved to Sydney anyone would notice what this 41.75 y.o. wears, but I’ve broken ALL of my former ‘rules’. I’ve been having so much fun playing with shapes, colours, textures, prints and jewellery in a way I was never brave enough to when I was younger. It’s because I’m finally just being me & don’t want to hide my cray style anymore. I feel fantastic, (tho I can’t pose for shit). I guess you’re never too old to shake things up. I highly recommend it.???????? @mamamiaaus
I remember when my son was born more than 11 years ago and I started thinking that I was “done”. I had my education, I had a good career, I was happily married, and now I was a mum.
I never would have thought that only two years later, I’d no longer want to be married. And that six years after that, I’d find a career other than the only one I’d ever known.
And that a mere two years after that, I’d leave everything I’ve ever known in life behind me to pursue a new career; because I’d now found a new way to fill my soul – with writing.
Whilst I’m having the time my life, I’ve also had to learn a lot about this new job and about the new world I now find myself working in.
But in lots of ways, I’m more me than I ever was before. I’ve got some well-earned inner peace. Thanks to being in my 40s I’m now confident, I believe in myself and I like myself. I can handle rejection. I can take constructive criticism.
(I’d love to tell you that I also now know when to keep my mouth shut, and how to control my spending but alas, those skills still evade me.)
So here I am – living my best life, in a city I always wanted to live in, doing my dream job, looking amazing (hahaha) – just like Liza.
Because, as Liza knows – it’s never too late to decide what you want to be when you grow up.