Age – It’s Not The Passage of Time

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Age – It’s Not The Passage of Time

It’s not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It’s ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves — and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice. “Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured,” she says. “It is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all.”

 

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BY BARBARA PENN-ATKINS

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.”This opening from Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities resonates with me.

This is particularly true when I speak about the fundamental shift taking place in how many of us perceive growing older, and what that can mean for many women these days. People in this demographic are searching for a more fulfilling life, more authentic work, and something that will fuel or revitalize their passion for starting new careers.

 Today’s generation of women want more out of life than just surviving; they want to thrive.

This search for meaningful endeavors is reshaping outmoded assumptions of what it means to “grow old.” Those outdated concepts are being replaced with a world of opportunities, possibilities, and a desire for women (and men) to live their “greater self.”

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