Celebrating her 55th birthday on December 8, the 'Desperate Housewives' alum proudly shows off her bikini body and says that it 'feels liberating' to be in her own skin.

AceShowbiz - Teri Hatcher has apparently embraced the saying "age is just a number." Having turned 55 on Sunday, December 8, the Susan Mayer of "Desperate Housewives" opened up in an interview, "Aging is not for the faint of heart, especially in Hollywood."

In an interview with PEOPLE magazine, the ex-wife of Jon Tenney further pointed out the benefits of getting older. "I've raised my daughter, I've had hit shows, I've won awards. And I don't have to look at my career the same way," the Golden Globe winner dished.

The mother of one additionally assured that she is actually enjoying where she is right now. "I feel strong, I feel good," she raved. "It's liberating!" She went on to elaborate, "It's liberating to take care of yourself and it's liberating to care about the things that are important to you."

Proving that she is comfortable with her age, the "Supergirl" actress turned to Instagram on Wednesday, December 11 to share a photo of her fit body in a two-piece bikini. In its caption, she noted, "…being in this 55 year old body actually feels liberating. I've finally figured out how to be comfortable in my own skin. Maybe not every day but a lot of them."

"Age allows you to be clear on your purpose and cherish who and what you are grateful for," she continued. "You have enough age to see the miracle of life and enough youth to revel in that knowledge. You can be vulnerable and strong at the same time. You can forgive others and yourself. You are willing to put in the effort to reach a goal…or not. And that's okay."

"Mostly, you know to make the most of every moment. For me that is sharing joy & positivity, knowledge I've gained through experience both successes and failures, and helping to lift others up. Sharing myself in a bikini (which I may or may not ever wear again) Is me Being open to others, open to life... finding glorious connection and community. No filters, no makeup, no airbrushing, no negativity. Be strong enough to be vulnerable."

As for how she celebrated her birthday, Teri threw a party at Guerilla Tacos on Tuesday, December 10, which doubled as a fundraiser to benefit nonprofit social service agency The People Concern. Guests at the bash were treated to refreshment by Fontanella Family Winery and Azunia Tequila, and cupcakes from Big Man Bakes.

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