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Ageism in retreat?

Getting closer to a mid life crisis? Gosh I hope not, how come!
They say its catching us today almost 20 years later than it used to catch in the 50’s or 60’s. Guess what, instead of 30 year old depressed ones there are plenty of 50+, lively and overflowing with not only a spent-my-time-with-TV desire …

I don’t think it exists in my family or between people I know but ageism is (or used to be ?) a crawling feature of our modern society. Especially in TV and press but also in social media old people usually play their role of a wiseman, wizzard or authority. In one of Tadeusz Różewicz best known poems “The Story of Old Women” you will find simple but shocking true about age:

only fools laugh
at old women

Think how old are you and just look at Madonna.  She is a fighter. Same as she was fighting at the beginning of her carrier with stereotypes, social boundaries, cliches, border lines and with every new album reaching further and still today she is crossing the line of domesticated and invisible fifties and becomes again an icon for both younger and older.

Listen to what Madonna had to say on ageism two decades ago or read an article on her fight from The Guardian

You want more? Here you go with Ian McKellen & Derek Jacobi from delicious Vicious, a new television series on ITV. Forget about Gandalf or Claudius now there are just Freddie and Steve, the stars! Marching at the head of the gay protests across the globe they both indeed fight with discrimination on two fronts.
You must see this brilliant TV series, even if a sitcom is not your cup of humor (as it wasn’t mine neither) . Together with Frances de la Tour this vibrant trio is just breaking the TV screens with enormous portions of good laugh and straight-to-the-point acrimonious remarks. Just listen carefully and remember to what they have to say on being together for 49 years as it might be useful at some point if not already…

If you still not convinced have a read on NYT page 

Television Programme: Vicious with Ian McKellen as Freddie Thornhill and Derek Jacobi as Stuart Bixby. A BROWN EYED BOY PRODUCTION FOR ITV VICIOUS SERIES 1 EPISODE 2 All images are Copyright ITV/BROWN EYED BOY and may only be used in relation to Vicious. For more info please contact Pat Smith at patrick.smith@itv.com or 02071573044 A BROWN EYED BOY PRODUCTION FOR ITV VICIOUS SERIES 1 EPISODE 1 Starring: IAN McKELLEN as Freddie, DEREK JACOBI as Stuart, FRANCES DE LA TOUR as Violet,MARCIA WARREN as Penelope, IWAN RHEON as Ash and PHILIP VOSS as Mason. All images are Copyright ITV/BROWN EYED BOY and may only be used in relation to Vicious. For more info please contact Pat Smith at patrick.smith@itv.com or 02071573044
Television Programme: Vicious with Ian McKellen as Freddie Thornhill and Derek Jacobi as Stuart Bixby. A BROWN EYED BOY PRODUCTION FOR ITV VICIOUS SERIES 1 EPISODE 2 All images are Copyright ITV/BROWN EYED BOY

Now, if you think its too late for a new start up, new business or your dream job you probably haven’t met Barbara yet.  I want her to be my coach, I want is she doing with these young folks at IDEO where she works as designer to invent or improve solutions for older generations. Reading one of my favorite quotes from this amazing women just gives me more power to do what I love to do and to continue doing it till I can. And keep enjoying it. Read more about Barbara here or just watch a short program on youtube.

“The ironic thing is that aging is the one thing we have in common, if we’re lucky.”

Barbara Beskind

…and here the last lines just to be accurate and honest: Madonna is 56 , Ian McKellen – 76, Derek Jacobi – 77, Barbara Beskind – 91 and me – 39.