LIBBY JULIÁ VÁZQUEZ, 42, ACTIVIST, WRITER & EDUCATOR
Why she loves her 40s: So far I love that I’ve come to a place in my life where I accept so many things in my life that I spent either fighting or being sad about. I’m single, I don’t have children, and I’ve been graying since I was 13. At 42 I am okay with those things and making them work for me and not against me. I’m growing out my gray (actually white) hair, and I’m planning my future as a woman who has the freedom to travel and do things that some women don’t have the time to do. Acceptance is key.
On aging gracefully: Seek out opportunities to explore the world and learn new things. I think keeping my mind fresh with new thoughts and ideas truly affects my emotional and physical self. Knowing that there’s a whole world out there that I don’t know anything about and haven’t seen motivates me to keep myself physically healthy.
Should women confess their age? YES! It’s our life and experiences that make up much of who we are and to deny our years seems to erase part of that. I’m often told that I look younger than my 42 years, which is great, but I want to hear “You’re looking great at 42” and not “You’re looking great for 42” as if 42 were a bad thing.
Why she’s Fab at her age: I embrace the curious spirit of my inner child and love and care for my older physical self. It’s the best of both worlds! Love life at every stage. Be you, genuinely, always.