I used to be concerned with what others thought of what I did, or wore, or said, or how I acted. I would plan my day around what I thought others wanted me to be. But that wasn't being me. I finally learned that who I am is what I am and if someone doesn't like it, then they had to make their own adjustments because I am being myself!
I don't give a rats patootie if someone doesn't think I should have my hair as long as it is "at my age". I will keep it this long until it drives me up a wall, which is usually a short trip!
I will dance like a 20 something because I CAN! I can shake it with the best of them, and usually do. It's good cardio according to my doctor, keeps my heart rate up, keeps my blood pumping, keeps my muscles in tone. It's like aerobics except that you enjoy who you are doing it with and the music you are doing it to and where you are doing it. I figured that on a weekend I dance on average about 4 hours total. Look up what it shows for strenuous aerobics and how many calories you burn. For 4 hours of dancing, according to the calculator I found on the web, I burn 2,160 calories! The calculator is at http://www.healthstatus.com/cgi-bin/calc/calculator.cgi
and has several different activities that you can figure calories burned on. The one I used for my dancing was the one called "Dancing - aerobic, ballet, modern".
I will do as I want as long as it makes me happy and doesn't cause anyone else any harm. I am through with the fears of what anyone else might think, I am doing what makes me happy. I have come to the conclusion that if someone has to stand around and observe others and comment negatively, then maybe they are lacking some self confidence or self respect in themselves. Having those qualities would allow them to just be who they are and not what others want them to be. It's so much easier to follow your own ideals, you don't have to get approval from anyone except you. Sure saves a lot of time trying to figure out what to wear to go dancing!
I have decided that at my age, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks, because if they don't like or approve of what I am doing, it's because they are jealous! Get over yourselves already, do what you want, when you want, with whomever you want. Life is too short to let short-sighted people get in the way of your fun. Live life to the fullest before it is too late! And it's never too late to start!