Inspired and Inspiring – Diane Von Furstenberg

posted April 12th, 2016 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

“Now, in my 60s, I know I have less time ahead and want to enjoy as much as possible.

I’m grateful I never thought of myself as beautiful when I was young. We all fade somewhat as time goes on. Women who rely on their beauty can feel invisible later in life. It’s sad, for I feel in the latter part of your life you should feel fulfilled, not defeated.

Youth is wonderful; it’s exciting because it is the beginning of life. But it is essential to learn from the past and look into the future without resentment.

In my older face, I see my life. Every wrinkle, every smile line, every age spot. There is a saying that with age, you look outside what you are inside. If you are someone who never smiles your face gets saggy. If you’re a person who smiles a lot, you will have more smile lines. Your wrinkles reflect the roads you have taken; they form the map of your life. My face reflects the wind and sun and rain and dust from the trips I’ve taken. My face carries all my memories. Why should I erase them?

In a sense I feel more beautiful than I have ever felt because my life is full, my children and grandchildren are my pride, and so is the body of my work. I have traveled the world, seen so much beauty in nature, met so many people. I cannot pretend that I am younger than I am, and truly I feel I have lived so fully that I should be twice my age.”

From The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

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