Women of a Certain Age

Postcard for Gallery Opening

“Some guy said to me: Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock and roll? I said: You’d better check with Mick Jagger”

Cher

Many years ago, I received this postcard to a new exhibit. When I checked with the gallery and found out the painting was $4,000, I framed the postcard. Sadly, I don’t remember the name of the artist. However, I do still love the image. To me it’s about being hidden in plain view. Something older women know a lot about.

Not all countries overlook the older woman. In France they are respectfully referred to as, “women of a certain age”. These are women who actually look their age and are comfortable with who they are. In the United States, we push a false notion that woman become less valuable as they age. “They are past their prime”. We do our best to overlook them.

Age is truly a state of mind. Don’t let anyone else make you feel less valuable because of a number and that’s all age is. It’s a number. You only become invisible if you let someone make you invisible. Enjoy life on your terms. You decide. Don’t give the power to someone else.

2 responses to “Women of a Certain Age”

  1. Oh, I love this advice. So very true. I have to write this down and put it next to my work area. “You only become invisible if you let someone make you invisible. Enjoy life on your terms. You decide. Don’t give the power to someone else.” The funny thing is that it applies to young and old. I said something recently to my daughter who was in her 20s and was in a meeting recently where a bunch of folks were talk down to her because of her age. It’s also appropriate for me as I start to look around and see that I’m the old guy in team meetings. But age says nothing about a person. Thanks so much for sharing! Love it!

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    1. I agree, we can feel marginalized no matter our age. It’s up to us to decide how we handle it. I always enjoy hearing your perspective and I’m happy you enjoyed the post.

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