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The Inspiring Words Of Advice Tori Amos' Daughter Gave Her About Aging

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Sometimes the younger generation can have wisdom beyond their years -- even when it comes to the troublesome topic of aging. For singer-songwriter Tori Amos, learning to life to the fullest after 50 wasn't easy, but her daughter helped pave the way.

In an interview with HuffPost Live’s Caitlyn Becker, Amos recounted the wise words of advice she received from her daughter as she neared her 50th birthday.

“The last year has been a very challenging time for me, going from 49 to 50, for all kinds of reasons,” Amos said. “And she was the one who said to me… ‘you have got to promise me that you’re going to get your head around this, because if you don’t get your head around this and you don’t go rock as hard as you did 20 years ago, what is your message to me, mom? You’re telling me that 50 isn’t as powerful as 30.’”

At first Amos resisted by telling her daughter Natasha that she didn’t have anything to prove. But the 13-year-old responded definitively, “Oh yeah. You do. You have to prove it to yourself."

Slowly, everything came into perspective for Amos.

“And I began to realize that she was right,” the singer-songwriter explained. “And [Natasha] said, ‘you have to go out there on your own, no orchestra, no band, do it and rock.’”

These words later became the inspiration for Amos’ song, “Promise,” which details their mother-daughter relationship.

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with Tori Amos here.

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