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The Freedom of Getting Older

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I was going to title this 'The Freedom of Being Old' since I think that would resonate with the 20 somethings I have in mind while writing this.  Certainly I would have considered someone my age (43) 'old' when I was 23.  However, one of the things I have learned is that age really is relative.  My grandmother, in her 80s, would refer to me as 'very young' in my 30s (which I thought was strange because it was not my perspective). Also...I suppose growing up is a process.  And that's what I want to talk about.

Magazine stands would have you think that ageing is one of the worst things that could happen to you, especially if you're a woman.  Not only is that not the case but there is a greater amount of freedom in being who you want to be when you're older than in one's mid-20s.  And I can only appreciate it now, having seen both sides.

When I was 25 I felt a huge amount of pressure to 'be grown up' and 'succeed'.  We put a huge …