Sarah is the 4th lady to have signed up for the 50 over 50 project. I found Sarah’s back story fascinating – she’s a woman who has been through a terrific amount over her life. She’s definitely a survivor. It was for me quite compelling when – after everything she had been through – her reason for doing the shoot was to be able to stand in front of a camera and not be afraid.
Non conformist and strong Sarah was quite clear how she wanted to be portrayed. Not for her the soft images I am fond of doing! However I don’t think she should be afraid of these results. I do particularly see a lot of depth in her eyes – they always tell the true story.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING YOUR AGE?
Not having to worry about what people think. As you get older it’s more acceptable to be non conformist. You can be who you are.
WHAT HARDSHIPS HAVE YOU ENDURED THAT YOU FEEL HAVE MADE YOU FEEL STRONGER?
Homelessness, destitution, divorce (more than once), the loss of 2 of my children (one at 17 – car accident, and one at birth) and coming extremely close to death myself.
All of these things have made me who I am today. I am resourceful and stronger because of them.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
I’ve found this the hardest question to answer. My family would say it was gaining my degree in Biomedical Science at the age of 43 whilst running a house and being pregnant twice during it.
But I actually think that my greatest achievement is picking myself up and carrying on no matter what gets thrown at me.
WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS?
There is no such thing as perfect happiness.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST TREASURED POSSESSION?
My children’s ashes and my bookcase. I know that’s a strange combination, my children because they are my children. My bookcase because my grandad built it for me one Sunday morning. He painted it yellow and white and it was ready for me by the time I got up, as I had run out of space for my books. I have used that bookcase for the last 44 years. Although it’s now battered and faded and needed extra support it is my most treasured possession.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING YOU HAVE CHECKED OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
I don’t have a bucket list. There is nothing I specifically want or feel I need to do before I die. If I want to do something I just arrange it and do it.
I’m unsure what is meant by this question. I don’t do extravagant. If it means money spent on something totally unnecessary then I’ve never had a greatest extravagance.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOURSELF?
The only things I would change are totally superficial… I would have a boob job and a tummy tuck other than that I wouldn’t change anything
WHAT IS A TRAIT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I’m not sure proud is the right word but if I have to pick one it would be my mouth even if it does get me in awful trouble at times.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
I have no greatest fear
WHAT DO YOU MOST VALUE IN YOUR FRIENDS?
Complete honesty above anything else.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Trust yourself, do what feels right for you and not what other people think is right for you
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO OR FAVOURITE QUOTE?
If it isn’t going to kill you then don’t worry about it, and if it is then worrying won’t help.
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