While the Pope felt that he was too old to go on, there is so much evidence and propaganda out there that getting older doesn't mean you grow any duller or weaker.
In fact there are several examples of "old" out there that are making me almost (almost) excited to age like fine wine. It's like when I was in elementary school watching Beverly Hills 90210 and I couldn't wait to be a scandal-causing teen hanging out at The Peach Pit.
Frail and cluless blue haired ladies are a thing of the past. Look at 67 year old actress Helen Mirren who debuted her pink hair (inspired by something she saw on America's Next Top Model) on the red carpet. Awesome.
And last but not least, perhaps the old bag that started it all---the incomparable Betty White. Betty White has been old for as long as I can remember. And like a piece of barn wood becoming a Pottery Barn coffee table, her fame has been reclaimed with imitable style. This broad has made being old a thing the way Paris Hilton defined carefree, slutty youth for all the ingenues after her. And as she turned 91 this month (celebrated with a "Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday" TV special), Betty White quipped that "Now that I'm 91....I'm much sexier." And it's true. Somehow the older she gets, the hotter she is. The President called her a national treasure, she has TWO tv shows, commercials, a sexy calendar....life after her prime is great for her.