Getting old. Just writing that made me smile. Just think about how many times you've heard your friends and family members complain or worry about age. It's one constant we all hear. Well, I'm now officially old, and I'm here to tell you it's not that bad - and can actually be great.
There obviously are challenges to age, but there also are advantages. And we're not talking about particulars like finances or health. Neither should be trivialized, but in this piece we're looking at the widespread worry most people have about getting older in general. Aging can lead some people to become very depressed and others very bitter. Those notions hold true particularly in the LGBT community, where youth is almost worshiped.
We are an ageist society. If you don't believe that, take a look at any newspaper or magazine and note the models. Do you see anyone in their 50s or above? How about in their 40s? Maybe in the AARP publications, but in GQ or People?
What about the movies? When actors hit 40, they begin to play grandparents. Hollywood has its own mindset on age but, unfortunately, it does influence the way we think. Take a look at all of the popular reality shows. The overwhelming majority of "real" people are young.
This is a cultural problem across all of America, not just in the LGBT community. Countries like Japan cherish and respect their elders. While we can't change cultures, we can change personal mindsets on age.