Here is the full text and summary of Bevy Smith’s talk titled “How to Discover Your Authentic Self — at Any Age”. In this talk, Bevy Smith, shares her journey of late blooming and finding authenticity. She quit her successful fashion advertising career at 38 to pursue a more adventurous life. She emphasizes the importance of not settling and embracing aging. Bevy also discusses the negative impact of comparing oneself to others and the power of extending grace to others.
Listen to the audio version here:
I am a late bloomer. In fact, a friend of mine you may have heard of, Chris Rock, he once called me the most late blooming mofo he’d ever met. Now some people might consider that snide, but I revel in it. I’m 55 and I’m here in this curvy body as someone who has done the work, lived the life, walked the walk in these very high heels, and therefore is qualified to testify in the church and in the court of law that it does in fact get greater later.
Now coming to this realization wasn’t easy. At the age of 38, I was a very successful fashion advertising executive and I was really living what most people consider a dream life. I was jet setting to fashion shows. I was receiving free designer clothes.
I was double kissing my way across the globe. I was. And you know, it was everything that I ever wanted it to be and then one day I realized I was only pretending to be happy. But I couldn’t blow up my good life in my prime earning years, right? Wrong.