According to Jane Shilling, author of The Stranger in the Mirror, a book about her own experience of becoming middle aged “you go through a long process of testing if your allure is still there, in the same way that, as an adolescent, you test out whether it has arrived.”
- She says that usually on the cusp of turning 40 – you are going to lose your allure in a culture that worships the youth. One minute you matter and will be noticed, the next, you are filed under “wasn’t bad when she was younger”.
- We all want attention on some level – but we dont want to try to be the same person we were 20 years ago. Our culture says being sexy and successful equals looking and acting youthful. But look at the French. Being attractive is art & fun there – long past the age of 40.
Sunday 23rd January 2011; Look At Me by Shane Watson.