My Wrinkles Are My Stripes by Sarah Jane Adams

I first met Sarah-Jane Adams in Australia after coming across a wonderful photo of her on instagram. I was instantly hooked and knew I had to meet and photograph her. Sarah encourages us all to accept ourselves and to face the aging process with an adventurous spirit. Check out a some inspired words from Sarah below: 

My Wrinkles Are My Stripes by Sarah-Jane Adams
I love diamonds. Not, actually so much because they sparkle and scintillate, but also for their astounding physical properties which have a gazillion uses. So, yesterday in Sydney when I was offered a little diamond shaped sachet on the street how could I say no! Before I could say ‘make mine a 3ct D VVS’ I was whisked into a store, where a delightful young lady approached me and put a blob of something onto the back of her hand. ‘I’m just going to apply this to your eyes’ she said. ‘Um, but what will it do?’ I ask. ‘It will completely remove all your wrinkles for approximately one week’ I’m told. At this point I grab my bag, and politely tell her that actually I love my wrinkles and have no desire to get rid of them. Thank you. Maybe diamonds aren’t a girls best friend after all
It was on this day back in January 2015 that I decided I had to put my hashtag #mywrinklesaremystripes out there. 
 My dob is 16.04.55
The hashtag started as a ‘tongue in cheek’ reference to the fact that I am considered by many to be too old to dress in some of my favourite clothes.
As you may know, almost every day I proudly wear my 3 Stripes (Adidas).
In the Military, the higher the rank, the more stripes are worn.
I regularly post pictures on my instagram @saramaijewels which are bare-faced, untouched and truly show my face. My clothes reveal what is going on in my head. 
 My wrinkles do not scare me; they show me and therefore my experience. Hopefully there is a little wisdom which comes with these stripes. I see them as a badge of honour and a mark of roads travelled and experiences had. Why would I not be proud and happy to show them? I am growing into the face I deserve and the face which reflects who I am and what I have been.
It is not a mask. I am not a puppet. 
 I have been overwhelmed by the response to these posts. Particularly the response from young women. I never thought of myself as inspirational, rather the renegade. It seems however, that there is a new generation of folks out there who are learning to accept themselves for who and what they are. This exhilarates me and drives me on with my mission. 
 Accept your true self, love your true self, smile and laugh often, gather those laughter lines and creases which come when you share a joke. They are you. The world needs to see more of YOU.

In the meantime, I will continue Flying the Flag(s).
I hope you enjoy. 

 Love and Peace Saramai.
  • Perfect. I found her on instagram a while ago and instantly became obsessed. I'm only 28 but just love seeing older who are confident and not trying to be younger but just being themselves. She drew me in with her Adidas jacket and gold jewelry! I hope I exude that much confidence when I reach her age.
    Antonia
    http://www.hipslipshair.blogspot.com

  • I love Sarah! She did an interview for me last month and I was instantly struck by her warm, generous and genuine personality. Younger women appreciate such positive and inspirational women to light the way through to a healthy attitude towards ageing, which is lacking in all our Western societies. We need more Sarah's!!

  • I love this piece about wrinkles and accepting and embracing them.

    It has taken me a while to accept the subtle changes that seem to come as we get older. I have come to love every gray hair in my head. I don't have too many wrinkles…at least none that I notice and my darling husband would never tell me if he saw any.

    I don't dress as I would like to …we live in a tropical climate so the flowing coats and layered clothes that I love are in the back of my closet for when I take a trip to the mainland. In the mean time I wear shorts, tank tops and flowing lightweight silks…Feeling good about who you are keeps you young at heart.

  • Great post. I'm 53 and embracing my wrinkles too!

    Flowerpowerlife

  • Hear hear!

  • Fantastic! As a 48 year old who is now learning to embrace not only my emerging wrinkles, but also my emerging white hairs, she and others inspire me greatly. I am a blogger as well and always share posts of older women on my fb fan page as a tribute to growing older with a zest for life, and because I want to grow to be more like them, but also to inspire my readers. Been a long time fan of advanced style, and the message you put out to the world …. it has always inspired me to dress to suit myself despite age, rules or others options.

  • although old still looks fresh, tips on what can be given?

  • Who wouldn't absolutely adore this woman's philosophy!! She is an amazing inspiration or renegade!! She is funky, current and exudes confidence!! AMAZING, a true beauty! Thanks Ari you always find the good ones!!

  • Hey! I'm only two years younger and I still dress like a kid. Style has no age limit. Wear whatever suits you.

  • I follow Sarah on Instagram and am inspired by her every post. Thank you Ari, for introducing her to many of us who embrace aging and her attitude of self acceptance.

  • I've been following Sarah Jane on IG for a while, and I love her photos. She has a funky style, and a wonderful attitude. I would love to meet her one day.

  • I do love the style and the stunning beauty she has. ♥♥♥

  • Anonymous

    Dear Ari!
    Thank you! This Blog brings hope and happiness into my life, it always makes my day! Gitta from Germany!

  • very love it! old but gold ^^
    jual jaket kulit asli

  • Delightful. A great philosophy. Being 75 years, I do appreciate this.