AofA People: Mary King – Painter, Gardener, Art Teacher

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Feistily independent artist/art teacher, Mary King tells about her preference for younger men.

WHO ARE YOU?

Mary King

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

54

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

Scotland

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Self-employed painter, gardener, art teacher. Employed at a local pottery as ceramic decorator and gardener; part-time hospitality

TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?

I feel exactly the same as I did in my 30s. I don’t really accept my age or think about it much. Age is a state of mind. I tend to forget how old I am. I’m not exactly cock-a-hoop when I remember, but that’s more to do with having less time left.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?

More debt. A little more freedom as I’m now single.
More bulges. But I care less about them.

WHAT ABOUT SEX?

I don’t have a partner at the moment, but I am always interested if someone hot comes along!
I tend to prefer them younger.

AND RELATIONSHIPS?

I am not too interested in men my age as they are usually pretty staid and boring. I have had a variety of relationships with guys younger than me but am currently single and not actively looking for the moment.

HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?

Apart from finances, I feel pretty free. I am aiming to be completely free within the next couple of years!

WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?

My artwork and the fact I’ve always followed my heart, and never accepted a life which was less than I wanted.

WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?

Travel, nature and exploring our beautiful planet

WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

On top of a mountain or on the sea in my kayak. In sunshine. At an airport on my way to somewhere exciting.

AND WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?

Into paintings, gardens and planning new ways to make money.

WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?

Live while you’re alive.
Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.
Life’s too short to put up with crap…if you’re not happy with your life, change it!

AND DYING?

I am not comfortable thinking about it.
I am scared of dying before I’ve done everything I want to do.

ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?

Of course, constantly.

WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?

Sex in the mangroves with a man half my age?

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