I'm right behind you and I relate to all of it! But I realized just the other day that I am genuinely happy - something I have spent my life trying to find. It is good to finally feel good in your skin and stop caring so much what other people think.
But I had an interesting experience recently. I was walking across my deck when the random thought came into my head "I will be 70 in less than 12 years." Where that came from I have no idea, but 60 doesn't bother me nearly as much as 70 does! I think my 60's will be the primo years of my life!
Thanks for this great piece. ♥