Subtitled "Getting Back to Basics at 50," the article talks about Jamie Lee's wake-up call to get fit and healthy and how she's embraced aging gracefully:
"I want to be older," she tells the magazine. "I actually think there's an incredible amount of self-knowledge that comes with getting older. I feel way better now than I did when I was 20. I'm stronger, I'm smarter in every way, I'm so much less crazy than I was then."
Curtis says growing older means paring down to an essential version of yourself:
"I've let my hair go gray. I wear only black and white. Every year I buy three or four black dresses that I just keep in rotation. I own one pair of blue jeans. I've given away all my jewelry, because I don't wear it."
This is not a new line of thinking for her. Following an earthquake years ago that damaged her Santa Monica home, I remember reading that she'd gotten rid of much of her "stuff" - downsizing on the suffocating materialism and aiming for an uncluttered life.
She's right. Approaching 40, I've taken stock of all the "stuff" in my own life. And there's a damn lot of it. Material stuff. Psychological stuff. Interpersonal stuff. Too much stuff that clogs up the arteries of life. Maybe it's all this stuff cluttering up our daily lives that's at the root cause of mid-life crises, those breakdowns in human reasoning characterized by impulsive sports car purchases, desperate affairs with 20-year-olds, and the sporting of hairstyles more befitting Zac Effron.
Pare down. Simplify. Let go. It makes sense. Obviously, Jamie Lee has gotten it right, and it's liberated her. So it's resolution time. Spend $200 an hour for a therapist who will repeatedly ask me how I feel and inevitably trace everything back to mother issues, or snag a copy of the AARP article, laminate it, and take a cue from Jamie Lee? Wading through all the clutter, I realize that I am smarter, more self-assured, more self-aware (sometimes too much so) than I was at 20. It's a good start. Now I gotta aim for the simpler part.
Pare down. Simplify. Let go. My new mantra.
It makes sense.