The Art of Aging
What if we think of aging as an art?
…an effort called out of the soul that takes skill, guts and devotion to manifest…
with the power to create laughter, seriously tweak stereotypes, and inspire.
I told a late 50ish woman at a book store I was working on a project called The Art of Aging. She frowned and said, “Honey, you need to change out that title. No one wants to hear it called that,” she said.
“Called what?” I asked.
“You know, uh,” she rolled her eyes, “the aging thing. Call it something else.”
She went on to suggest alternative titles filled with ‘glamorous’ age-avoidance words.
What about this aging thing?
What does it mean to mature as a woman in our culture?
Are you making it up as you go along?
I for one would like some help with this.
I do have a list-
What about you? What do you want to know?
I want to find wise, creative, funny, positive, kind, sassy, lyrical
women who are willing to share their thoughts, creative output, and images, and ask them:
What do you, your mother, daughters, your friends, relatives and neighbors want other women to know about aging?
Who were/are your role models? What did they say to inspire you?
Please please ask yourself these questions (or make up your own) and let me know your answers.
O Happy Day…this is a community creation; stories and images will be posted. Maybe an ebook will be created!
The Rules: Short posts. No preaching, no politics. No pushy links to marketing stuff.
Not-a-rule: I asked my daughters to participate so we can learn together. I invite you to find someone who is not in your generation to collaborate with and contribute to the conversation.
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