I 'm excited to take what I view as PRO-aging to the next level.
I've committed myself to living OUT LOUD in regards to positive aging and that means being more vocal, more informative, more demonstrative, and even more passionate about aging well.
Aging well is not simply relegated to those over "a certain age".
We are aging every moment of every day from the time we're born.
We go through various stages of "growing pains" and aging transitions.
It's important to do it all with a sense of what is happening RIGHT NOW in aging.
I've shied away from anything controversial about aging, BUT aging can be messy, unpredictable, painful and controversial.
It can also be enlightening, expansive, fun, enjoyable, fulfilling and even peaceful.
Aging encompasses pretty much every aspect of life that you can think of.
Health, sex, politics, religions, diet, exercise, relationships, friendships, work, career (and no, they aren't the same thing) education or lack thereof, personal and body image, self-esteem, confidence, illness, death, and on and on.
We need to address these things openly and honestly through dialogue and conversation.
We NEED to do it with facts and genuine discussion even though we may ruffle a few feathers.
We DESPERATELY need to give attention to ageism from the teenage years to the advanced years.
Aging for women, especially, is hard because of continual societal limitations and discriminations. We as woman are forging our way in our personal and global experiences.
I don't want to back away from those things that might offend people either.
It's not my responsibility to make facts palatable. It's each person's responsibility to understand why they are offended, if it has credence OR if it's bias fueled by misinformation, prejudice or propaganda.
I wish to express my educated (as much as possible) opinion to HELP us age better.
I don't buy into anti-aging schemes such as lotions and potions. Don't get me wrong, lotions and potions are wonderful, and feel really good.
Most of it doesn't work like it's advertised. These products have large marketing budgets. It's all out there at 2 am when we can't sleep and are feeling our worst.
I've done my homework on so many products. I have been my own private guinea pig to prove what works and what doesn't.
You can take what I share or express with a grain of salt.
If you have any doubts I ENCOURAGE you to get online and research for yourself anything I share.
My only goal is to be as real, transparent and maybe sometimes as VOCAL as possible to help us age better tomorrow than we are aging today.
I've had long and hard discussions with my son and husband about how I wish to show up; about my fears of speaking out LOUD AND CLEAR about pro-aging.
I've worried about ridiculous internet retribution and clap back by those who only live to demean others: even others with important missions.
I'm no longer afraid of the conflict.
PRO-AGING is too important to listen to those who have nothing better to do than put me down to make themselves feel better or more powerful.
And you know what that is?
THAT'S NOT PRO-AGING.
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I am passionate about PRO-AGING. Aging as well as possible - given our life circumstances - with enthusiasm, contentment, vitality and energy and laughter, even when we feel like crying .