|Maggie's Family Market by Marcia Muth|
— Marcia Muth, folk artist
Greetings fellow “olders:”
Ashton Applewhite uses that term rather than some of the ones we’ve tried on before such as … “elders,” “crones,” etc., primarily because it is value neutral.
Recently, I started thinking about writing about this stage of life, and it is turning out to be a far more interesting project than I first thought, especially since there is already a lot of literature out there. I am enjoying the positive, growth-oriented approach of Applewhite's This Chair Rocks. She also has an 11-minute TED talk which is a great (and often funny) way to hear her positive take on this time of life … and to understand “ageism” and how it affects our thinking.
|Ashton Applewhite: click here for TEDtalk.|
Working title for the project is …
Wisdom about this(special thanks to Barbara Gaughen-Muller and Harriet Eckstein
sometimes magical time of life.
for their contributions to the title search)
- What benefits have you found to being in “this stage of life?”
- How have you experienced “ageism” … being discriminated against or treated as if you can’t or shouldn’t do something because of your age?
All of the posts about this will be on this blog under the category: What Now?
“Never grow up.”
After a full and creative life Marcia Muth, designated a “Living Treasure,” died in Santa Fe in 2014 at age 94. When asked about her secret to creativity and youthful vigor, she said: “Never grow up.”
Click here for more information about her life.
1. Breathing. 2. Nobody dares.ReplyDelete
1. Benefit: Coming to terms with my own mortality gives me a resolve and focus like never before. If I want to leave a legacy, I had better get to it NOW! Also, I care less what people think of me. This is liberating.ReplyDelete
2. The only “ageism” I have experienced is that of invisibility, which surprisingly gives me permission to be more visible.
I look forward to seeing where this project leads you, Joyce.