Stephanie Raffelock

A Delightful Little Book On Aging

All around us, older women flourish in industry, entertainment, and politics. Do they know something that we don’t, or are we all just trying to figure it out? For so many of us, our hearts and minds still feel that we are twenty-something young women who can take on the world. But in our bodies, the flexibility and strength that were once taken for granted are far from how we remember them. Every day we have to rise above the creaky joints and achy knees to earn the opportunity of moving through the world with a modicum of grace. Yet we do rise, because it’s a privilege to grow old, and every single day is a gift. Peter Pan’s mantra was “never grow up”; our collective mantra should be “never stop growing.” This collection of user-friendly stories, essays, and philosophies invites readers to celebrate whatever age they are with a sense of joy and purpose and with a spirit of gratitude.
87 printed pages
Original publication

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    iamzhazirahas quoted2 months ago
    Loneliness is the worst illness, the worst diagnosis a person can have at any age. It is the illusion of not belonging. Friends ease that ache, helping us to find joy because we are designed to function best with human interaction. To care about someone beyond yourself is a fulfillment of our shared destiny.
    Леночкаhas quoted2 months ago
    Aging begins in grief. Loss and letting go become part of the landscape: youthful beauty, physical prowess, hot monkey sex, and the ability to eat whatever you want fade into memories.

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