Aging: A Tender And Ferocious Time, Sherry Anderson, Ph.D.
What does the territory of aging look like in a society that worships youth? When a realization flashes into our consciousness that we are aging, we tend to tighten up with fear. Negative images of our parents, grandparents, and friends loom before us. Anderson counsels us to move from that gripping fear into curiosity, “If we could begin to have enough support to turn toward our questions and feel our curiosity or our interest and begin to let them unfold, who knows what we’d find out? It might be thrilling, it might be scary but whatever it is, we are coming into a new level of engagement with the depth of ourselves and I think that’s one of the key opportunities of this time of life.” As our capacities, beauty, strength, quickness of mind, keen eyesight begin to diminish we must tap into the original radiance that never leaves us. She shares poignant stories about elders, and luminaries such as Maurice Sendak, Dustin Hoffman and Marion Woodman. This is a deeply personal and moving conversation.
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