Monday, June 22, 2009
Soul Food (part 18)
The journey of this symbol started long ago. I think I was around eight years old when I decided that I wanted to have a very long life, a very deep felt intention which I still have. When I was nineteen I met for the first time age-discrimination, I was told that I was too old for a part-time job and had not enough experience, huh. It felt totally ridiculous too me. Somehow I met this behaviour often and that made/makes me rebellious.
Recently I have been thinking a lot about age again because first my friend turned forty. (Polly and Julie, thanks again for your help, she loved her gift.) And just last week B turned thirty with all of her own feelings about this special birthday.
So I drew a path that walks to the horizon. The media is feeding us that the youth has the future. Is this true? Not to me, everybody has a future until they die. Culturally we stereotype 'old people' as bagage, it does have a negative sound to say the least. But who decides when you are old? Who puts limits on life because of age? We are. Do you want too? I don't.
When you look at the drawing it looks like the path gets smaller, that's an optical illusion. The road doesn't get narrower. Life is stilling giving you as many options as ever. Different ones, that's not because we are old but because we have already so much experience.
How do I beat this cultural sniper? By giving myself something new. New can be something very small or just turn everything upside down. Of course there will always be people who make remarks and this will give a nice discussion.
Luckily I'm not the only one who is trying to beat this troll. Liz from Fragrant Muse gave some really good examples. Julie from Moments of perfect clarity had her own discovery of growth recently. Than there is Mary of Beauty amongst the weeds who cleared her path to become a better photographer. One more for the road. Julie from It's just jules with a post which gives everybody a kick in the butt. Now I'm pretty sure that there are many more examples, I would love to read them too. So if you have one let me know. Have an idea, I start a collection for those rainy days.
Have fun today!!!