You Are Never “Too Old”

Netflix Show: Grace & Frankie * spoilers ahead *

I have been a huge fan of this show since day one and although it has officially come to an end, the impact this show has had will never fade. The characters, played by Lily Tomlin (Frankie) and Jane Fonda (Grace), have been thrown a curveball after both women are left by their husbands after 40 years of marriage. They have to figure out how to make a steady stream of income but also have to rediscover the people that they are individuals, outside of their marriages. The Emmy nominated series ran for 7 seasons and in the funniest, most empowering way, it hit the nail on the head in terms of what people fear the most about aging.

For some reason, society seems to give women a timeline for just about every milestone in life. There comes a time when we start to feel the pressure to get married, have a baby, and have a solid career plan.

So what do you do after your 40-year marriage falls apart? You befriend the annoying woman who you wouldn’t have guessed you would ever be friends with and start not one but two companies with her. Grace and Frankie give a middle finger to anyone who doubts them or stands in their way. They embrace their age with confidence and use it while working in their companies. Grace even had a very successful business before the divorce but ended up handing over the reins to one of her daughters. This was not an easy thing to do because she was once the face of the products but when her daughter took over she immediately wanted to remove her mother from the packaging.

Throughout the seasons, Grace and Frankie are both seen through some very difficult times especially in trying to reach their financial goals with their companies. I think we all can find a lesson or two in this series when it comes to working on our businesses. Nothing happens overnight and we can’t be sure of what life has in store for us. We can’t be concerned about reaching milestones at a certain point; flowers take time to bloom. No matter what age we are, it is never too late to follow our dreams and I hope one day I have the confidence and personality these two women have.

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