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  •  There's something else about aging, too. (3+ / 0-)
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    edrie, catilinus, second alto

    It isn't much talked-about.

    Our culture is youth-happy, as you and I well know. Young people know it, too. Society won't let them forget it. Perhaps you remember from when you were  younger--I certainly do. I had a lot of problems. I worked a lot of dead-end jobs, and had a lot of dysfunctional relationships. There was a lot I felt I "couldn't" do. The burden of society's expectation for how "happy" I was  supposed to be as an "enthusiastic, carefree" young person in my teens and twenties, in hindsight was really oppressive. Terrible.

    Now, in my late 40s, hell, I'm off the radar. It's like I'm invisible. I "don't count" to the myth-makers and propagandists in the mass culture. There are no expectations for how "happy" I'm supposed to be. I'm still "magnetic" and "attractive" when I want to be, but it's more under my control. That's a huge relief.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 08:24:22 AM PDT

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