Oprah Winfrey Reflects on Life Following 60th Birthday

Posted Thursday February 6, 2014 3:23 PM GMT

She’s one of the most powerful women in media, and Oprah Winfrey has a plethora of accomplishments to her name.

Having turned 60 on January 29th, the philanthropic mogul shared some wise words as she accepted the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Wednesday (February 5).

Winfrey noted, "First I thought this: I thought about all the people who didn't make it [to this age]. I thought about when I was 48 and having heart palpitations and I thought I was dying, but it was really just the beginning. Really I was just perimenopausal.”

"I thought about 9/11. I thought about all the people who got up and they took their dogs out the same way I did. They made their coffee. They made their tea. They put their robes on, and they went off for the day. And they never made it, and they were 22, and 37, and 48, and 52, and they never would ever see 60. So, I thought about that."

Regarding the recent tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oprah explained, "Here was a person who embodied the richness of life, really the richness of life in every way."

Furthermore, Winfrey expressed gratitude at her personal growth- "I thought how remarkable [it is] I've had this amazing life. I get to be here in this town. Eventually, I will be able to call it home ... And what's great about 60 is you are through with the bullsh–t, it means you are really and truly through."

"Now, Camille Cosby had told me at 40 that happens, but 40 you're still ... in the race, you're still competitive. And at 50, you're still like, 'Do I need to?' 60? You are chilled. You are chilled, and you have nothing to prove, and you can sit above that perch with a sense of knowing that you are who you want to be, inside and out, and it's good. Life is good. 60 and a week, baby!"

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