HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS . . .
If you’re a women at midlife, you have many choices in how you approach aging. You can deny aging, resent it for all it’s worth, or take a proactive stance and design your future. In fact, you can even reinvent yourself. While there may be challenges along each pathway, the path that offers vitality is the one that leads to the door of reinventing yourself. Think of it as a challenge to be all that you can be… all you want to be.
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SOCIETY’S STEREOTYPES OF AGING WOMEN DISRUPT OUR PERSPECTIVES OF THE MULTITUDE OF OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE.
Attitudes of ageism remind me of the feminist movement when we were numbed by gender slams. Today it is ageism that is numbing us by denigrating older folks (not necessarily much older than those pointing the finger). We are so used to ageism that we think it is part of our DNA. We are not aware how myths, stereotypes, and denial limit our options. This perpetuates fewer and fewer opportunities for growth.
It’s logical to assume that if the awareness of ageism in our culture was highlighted, it would be corrected. Unfortunately, even with a big spotlight shining down on the issue, we continue to turn a blind eye. We learn to live with it, accept it, and continue to define aging as a number. Think about this:
THERE ARE OLD TWENTY-SOMETHINGS AND YOUNG EIGHTY-SOMETHINGS THAT DO NOT, WILL NOT, AND NEVER WILL REFLECT A CHRONOLOGICAL NUMBER.
The truth is… from the time you turn 21, you begin aging! It’s just a fact. How about a biological definition of aging? The simple version is “cells dying off faster than they reproduce.” So if you think aging begins with your first grey hair or facial wrinkle, think again. There is a 4 billion dollar industry catering to the physical aspects of aging for the benefit of big profit. If we choose to say ‘NO’ to the negative aspects of aging, and say ‘YES’ to the positive aspects, these industries will collapse. There is more than economics to gain from living with vitality and fearless aging!