3 Women on What They’ve Learned in Their 70+ Years of Life

When Emily, 77, told me that as long as I had enough money to pay my rent and feed myself, I should stop worrying, it was like she knocked one of my loose screws back into place. Her perspective felt refreshing, like a splash of cold water on a tired face. She was funny and irreverent, chock full of unassuming wisdom. I walked away from our conversation with a dopey smile, wondering if I could rope her into a weekly lunch.

A few weeks ago, Amelia, Leandra and I set out to interview women who had been around the block a few more times than us. I think we expected to learn a thing or two about getting older, sure, but I don’t think we were prepared to feel such a way about it. Emily, Barbara and Beatrix dished out amazing stories and advice with the kind of casual confidence that can only come with decades on earth, and — ask anyone in the MR office — the three of us couldn’t shut up about them. Scroll down to read their perspective and see if you get what we mean. (I think you will.) -Haley Nahman

Emily Lemer, 77, has lived in New York for 38 years.
You can catch her on Advanced Style.

I don’t have a favorite part of aging because I don’t even think about it. I’m really not different than when I was younger. I had a lot of energy then and I still do! I ski, I do yoga, I go to the theatre and the opera and the ballet. I’m out every night. I feel terrific. Albert and I just had our 25th wedding anniversary, which was a big bash with balloons and 125 people. I danced all night. I don’t notice that I’m aging. My only regret is that I’m not 40 again so that I can re-live the last 37 years. I had a good time....more