Girls Night In

the blog for single, over-40 women

The Beauty of Older Single Women

on March 17, 2015

DSC_0116Life has been crazy for me lately, and you all saw the results of that last week when I wasn’t ready for my Tuesday post. Then Wednesday ended up being simply a quote. I pulled that Audrey Hepburn quote from the Internet when I realized I wasn’t going to be able to finish a post in time. As I went through last week, that quote seemed to be on repeat in my mind.

I think some things are universal with women. Feeling beautiful to someone is one of those things we all seem to desire. As a teenager, I turned to magazines for definitions of what the world wanted women to look like. That created some ideas that have really bogged me down over the years.

We all know the world and media’s view of beauty is warped. Still, I think all too often we women fall in line with these views and are too hard on ourselves. I know I do. As single, over-40 women, we may be especially vulnerable to this trap because, in the world’s view, there must be something wrong with us. How many times have I listened to a friend say, “What’s wrong with me? Am I not pretty enough? Interesting enough? Smart enough?” How many times have I said those words myself?

Then along comes Audrey with the gem I posted last week…

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.                                                               ~Audrey Hepburn 

The beauty is in the eyes. Our eyes show that even without a man in our lives, we do know how to love. We open our hearts to family and friends, and surround them with love. We have learned over the years to give in love even when we don’t always feel we get the same. There is beauty even in the sorrow of unfulfilled dreams since that sorrow often makes us tender to the suffering of others. So, we may be without another half, but we certainly know how to show love, care and passion. This is where true beauty lies, not in the look of our skin or the way we wear our hair.

Yes, I loved this quote from Audrey Hepburn when I first heard it, and I love it even more today. It’s a great reminder for us “older” singles that we all have amazing things to offer the world.


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