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With Just 3 Words, Oprah Taught a Powerful Lesson in Aging and Self-Acceptance

Jessica Stillman
4 min readApr 23, 2024


While unwinding last night, I stumbled on a clip of Oprah Winfrey’s recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show to promote her special about her weight loss journey with new drugs like Ozempic. The former talk show queen emerged slim and glowing. The host wished her a happy 70th birthday.

Now, I understand that celebrities have access to the world’s best anti-aging wizardry, and that billionaires are spared many of the stresses us ordinary folks endure, but I still found myself amazed at how great Oprah looks for a woman entering her eighth decade. And I don’t just mean physically. Relaxed, comfortable in her own skin, and warm and charming as always, she seems to be having a grand old time.

Is there something the average person can learn from the beloved media mogul about how to age with grace and self-acceptance? I wondered. A little digging turned up her secret, and it’s all of three words long.

‘You are enough.’

I’ll admit that as I’ve ventured deeper into my 40s, remaining poised and cheerful about growing older has proved more challenging. Creeping physical changes feel like a constant drip-drip of bad news, and I often have to fight the sense that I am slowly becoming less plugged-in and relevant. I’m sure there are…