WILMINGTON,NC (WECT)- A woman from Wilmington heads to New York for a 2-day photo shoot for AARP magazine.
Linda Wilson's daughter told her about an AARP faces of 50+ model contest and convinced her mom to enter.
Wilson is one of six winners out of 6,000 entries. She had to submit a picture of herself, an essay about life after 50 (she is 72) and a motto:
At 72, I have embraced what has been a turbulent yet invigorating life after fifty with open arms. After divorcing in my mid forty's I was alone in an unknown and fast-moving world. I had also been replaced in my first "real" job by a younger and more technologically savvy woman. On top of that I needed to have major back surgery. Once recovered, I made a major life decision to start a new life. I sold most of my possessions, moved across the state to start my own senior-care business. The experience allowed me to find my inner strength, intelligence and independence. Life after fifty isn't always glamorous. The stress of running the business caused me to have a heart attack and I was in need of another stint in my heart two years later. Since then, I have also had two knee replacements and four additional back surgeries. BUT, I'M STILL STANDING! I enjoy kayaking, dancing, and learning new things. I believe peace comes easier after fifty. Colors are brighter and the blessings come in the simple treasures of everyday life.
Motto: Draw from a lifetime of experiences...keep learning, embrace life, and reach out to those struggling around you, guard your health and be thankful for the wondrous gift of each day. For me, the best things in life are very different from the things I once believed to be important.
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