Yesterday we had a family lunch. A special treat for us all, gathering in London from our various locations far and wide.
Around the table the ages ranged from 15 to 89. Our conversation turned to plans for mum's 90th birthday and from this another discussion about age. To what extent do we celebrate our age, own it, allow age to be an inspiration - not something to be hidden from view.
With the preoccupation to be forever young we are losing something really important. Value and appreciation for life experiences, the passage of time and the learnings of a life lived. Short or long.
In "outing" my mother's age through this blog, I do the same for my own, 57 years. Like mother, like daughter we neither of us "look" our age. We do not conform to conventional social norms of late 50s and 80s.
Or so I think. I do prefer people to think I am younger than I am! Why is this? What am I afraid of?
Some of the most influential people in my life have been elders, leaders in their field. Advanced in years, living with assurance and authority, not distracted with the pre-occupation of age.
This is my inspiration. I have lived and worked alongside such people and relished the opportunity.
I am at the time in my life where I am stepping up. Allowing myself to be an elder. To be a wise woman. To bring something to the world that I could not twenty years ago.
How much anxiety is driven by what we look like? How old we are? From our teens right through our lives.
Let's look wider and deeper. Life is a journey and process. Not driven by holding back the clock or keeping ourselves frozen in time.
To what extent do you appreciate and acknowledge personal growth - your own and that of others?
What do you know about yourself now that you did not know one year ago, five years ago?
In what ways do you share your knowledge and life experience?
It's great to pay attention to our wellbeing and vitality. Even better to reap the rewards and live a full life, whatever our age.
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