My friend SarahB is fascinated by waste management and traffic patterns; she texted me at 6:31 this morning with a newsflash about an accident on the Major Deegan (FYI neither of us owns a car). I'm fascinated by aging—I find it exhilarating and terrifying in equal measure, and there's a lot about it that frankly pisses me off ("progressive" lenses, for example, can kiss my goddamn fanny). It also provides an easy excuse to be 24/7 "cantankerous," so I take full advantage of that. But I'm always on the lookout for people who tear through the common threads that we tend to accept as fact, or fate—not people who are trying to "escape" aging somehow, which is sad, but people who face it straight on and make their own way on their own terms. People who are not daunted. And today I found this fabulous TED Talk by Ashton Applewhite at Chookooloonks:
"When labels are hard to read, or there's no handrail, or we can't open the damn jar, we blame ourselves, our failure to age "successfully" instead of the ageism that makes those natural transitions shameful and the discrimination that makes those barriers acceptable. You can't make money off satisfaction, but shame and fear create markets, and capitalism always needs new markets. Who says wrinkles are ugly? The multibillion dollar skincare industry. Who says perimenopause and low T and mild cognitive impairment are medical conditions? The trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry. The more clearly we see these forces at work the easier it is to come up with alternative, more positive, and more accurate narratives. Aging is not a problem to be fixed, or a disease to be cured, it is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all."
And then, over at Racked, Beca Grimm writes about the greatest fall film wardrobe that ever was, and includes this screencap of my #1 favorite outfit, which to this day is my ideal of style = easy, low-key comfort and loafers: