"A few months ago, I loathed the fact that I'm coming up for 70," she said. "But, on reflection. I’m proud of myself. I have achieved the way I look through sheer discipline."
"Old is a state of mind. I don't live in that state!" said Norma Williams.
When the 71-year-old says this, with a bright smile on her face and unquestionable confidence, you can't help but agree with her.
"From an overall 'form' point of view, I am very happy with myself, being a tall person (5 ft 10), very slim (size 8/10) with NO lumpiness. And, I have good taste in clothes, albeit younger taste than the majority of actual youngsters, who would be insufficiently confident to wear the clothes I wear!" she wrote on Quora.
After being averse to the changes that come with aging, she's proud of herself for having added great discipline to her life. "A few months ago, I loathed the fact that I'm coming up for 70," Norma Williams said. "But, on reflection. I’m proud of myself. I have achieved the way I look through sheer discipline. For instance, I will NEVER eat a giant box of refrigerated Maltezers ever again. Up until my late 50s, I would take TWO giant boxes of them into the cinema."
Norma Williams runs a holiday rental business in Italy and exercises through the week, according to Mail Online. Not holding back on the things she enjoys, she said, "I do drink nearly a bottle of wine each day - cut down from 2 or more bottles/day when younger."
When it comes to cravings, she said, "Now, the most daring things I overindulge in are savoury biscuits and lots of them, doorstep toast with lashings of butter, panettone, walnuts with cranberries, roasted cashews, dark chocolate rice biscuits (yum!), jacket potatoes with salad swimming in olive oil and gelato fondente. I used to binge on giant packets of crisps but Italian crisps are just not worth the penalties I pay for such overindulgences. Note NO sweets. So, you get the drift. I EAT!!"
The one thing she couldn't wrap her head around was wrinkles. "I really do NOT like the wrinkles. Everywhere on my body. Well, not EVERYWHERE. All over the face, upper front arms, inside upper thighs, above the knees and just above the groin area. Maybe next year, they'll be everywhere…" she said. "So, it is incredibly frustrating to have a toned body shape that my younger self, even at 19, when I was a model, would have died for, to be so afflicted by wrinkles."
When she mentioned her husband, she said that he is in his 80th year and "he looks great and is fit and healthy. AND, he has virtually NO wrinkles!!"
When she talked about her age, she said, '...by far the biggest niggle of being in one's 70th year is that PROBABLY I don't have as many years in front of me as the average 20 year old. I find this fact the MOST niggling of all," and added, "It’s the wrinkles, the sagging skin and an obviously finite future that being in ones 70th year brings home."
But she's able to see and love the bright side and said, "Nonetheless, I am much prouder of myself in every way than when I was younger, despite the niggles of age. In life, there are ALWAYS niggles. No one is exempt from niggles. Life is niggly! So despite all of the above, I could not be happier! If this is what it is to be 70, bring it on!!!"
She ended by saying, "Life, like lightening, can strike you down when least expected. So, to all of you, like me, who suffer ONLY from niggles, aging well is to be celebrated, big time!"