I didn’t care much to watch the Superbowl last night, but I was sort of bummed that I missed Madonna’s halftime show. According to my Facebook feed it was amazing and catching it on YouTube this morning I have to agree.
While watching, In between my “wows”, I realized that, at 53, Madonna is of legal age to be an AARP member. Aside from that fact making me feel old (I was in grammar school when Madonna hit the scene with Like a Virgin), I also felt young. Here is a woman basically looking every over 50 stereotype in the face and saying, “Um, I don’t think so.”
Sure, one could argue that the life Madonna has led has been a pampered one, with more than enough money to afford all the beauty treatments, trainers, chefs, assistants and more. With that amount of help and fortune who wouldn’t look good? Okay, fair enough. However, even if we were to remove her banging body, long healthy curly locks, unblemished face and her energy that seems to rival a Jack Russell Terrier, it’s still impressive— at 53 she is still doing her thing…her way.
Of course I found argument out there that seemed to feel otherwise, that “Graceful aging is far more sexy than refusing to.” But is she refusing to age or is she setting a new standard on what aging looks like?
I can only speak for myself but after watching that performance I felt inspired. Madonna has always been this game changing force with the ability to wake people from their foggy, boxed-in thinking and look at life in a different manner, to make people realize that life does not have to chug along with the norm. Of course, there are plenty of people out there who just see her as annoying and wish that she’d just go away, but Madonna (like the honey badger) just doesn’t care about that…she does her own thing and, after last night’s performance at the Superbowl, I’m even more inspired to do mine. Long live the Queen!