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    LinSea, LillithMc, Not A Bot

    The US - unlike many European and Asian and Middle Eastern societies/cultures is a youth obsessed country. Look at our ads.  Look at everything.  Look at who is driving cars in TV ads.  Look at models wearing clothes in magazines.  Young.  No one old (unless the product is facelifts or adult diapers or hair coloring or wrinkle cream or Viagra).  I see this now that I am over sixty myself - anecdotally, and I see the research over many years of US commerce and advertising practices since the 1930's.  Youth - not the respected elderly - Youth  - are revered and worshipped in the US.  

    We older Americans need to hang on to our personal dignity and inner spirit and vitality in spite of the obsession with youth in the US.  And it is a struggle every day in our culture.

    I was able to take early retirement due to my specific circumstances.  I have had an income of less than$2,000.00 monthly for a very long time (less in the late'90's).  My career was in a field that destroys one's energy and inevitably creates burnout.  I saw the writing on the wall when i got into my fifties.  Even as a Supervisor and Program Manager, the stress was overwhelming.

    I have control of my days.  I do not socialize much.  I cannot afford travel and luxuries.  But I retain my personal dignity and reclaimed my spirit and some of my vitality.

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