Aging is a Dirty Word

True, given our culture. But it shouldn’t be.

Robert Roy Britt
Wise & Well

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Image: David Torcivia via Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

“It’s a dirty word, aging,” the 56-year-old, post-menopausal actress Helena Bonham Carter said recently. “We’re all obsessed with it, it’s sort of pathological. It’s almost a crime, the shame attached.”

In an interview on BBC radio, Carter went on to say she’s happier now than she’s ever been, and has no desire to return to her youth. Though elsewhere she likened going through menopause to “going insane.”

I’ve got something to say about menopause, too:

Ultimately, Carter offered this tidbit of wisdom:

“We can’t actually control what we look like, but we think we can, and in fact there’s so much else we should worry about.”

Indeed.

Carter isn’t the only “older person” who’s grown happier with age. On average, older people are much happier than people in middle age.

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Robert Roy Britt
Wise & Well

Editor of Aha! and Wise & Well on Medium + the Writer's Guide at writersguide.substack.com. Author of Make Sleep Your Superpower: amazon.com/dp/B0BJBYFQCB