Why does ageism still exist?
“Not only do we suffer from racism and sexism, but we also suffer from ageism.
Once you reach a certain age you’re not allowed to be adventurous.
You’re not allowed to be sexual.
A lot of people say “Oh it’s so pathetic, I hope she’s still not doing that in 10 years”
I mean, who cares?
What if I am?
Is there a rule?
Are you supposed to just die when you’re 40?”
This was Madonna predicting the future in an interview with Jonathan Ross over 20 years ago….
Sadly, not much has changed.
Age is just a number, you’re only as old as you feel.
Unfortunately majority of us are programmed a certain way, where our minds believe that at a particular age you should stop living.
Fortunately Madonna is the living, breathing and walking example of a woman who is 56 years old at the time of this post and still living life as adventurous as she was when we first heard her name over 30 years ago.
Speaking out about subjects that weren’t ‘popular’ giving strength, inspiration and hope to millions of people throughout her masterpiece of a performing career and philanthropic work.
This reminds me of a moment I experienced a few days ago.
As a huge Madonna fan I was wearing a shirt from her MDNA 2012 tour while I was out shopping.
I was rummaging through a rack of clothes and a middle aged woman must have noticed my shirt, turned to her middle aged friend and said something along the lines of this:
“Did you see Madonna on the Grammy’s last night?”
Her friend replied “No I didn’t, did I miss anything?”
The lady said “No, she had her butt showing the whole time in a g string.”
Her friend muttered “Oh that’s pathetic, she shouldn’t be doing anything like that at her age!”
All this time I had a smirk on my face.
First of all, the lady’s information was in correct.
Madonna flashed her butt to the cameras for one second on the red carpet.
You couldn’t see her butt in any part of her phenomenal Grammys performance.
Second of all, her friends response was the pure example of exactly what the point of this post is all about.
You hit a certain age and you’re just suppose to crawl in a hole and hide from the world!
Third of all Madonna’s body ROCKS “at her age” 😉
I’m a professional dancer and there’s always the daunting time where a dancer thinks that they’re “too old” to perform anymore.
This is simply not the case.
Yes of course your career cannot last forever however if you’re a Follie from the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies show it just might!
These professional men and women are all over the age of 50 years old with the oldest, the last time I checked in their 80’s!
When I went to the show a few years ago I was truly inspired and mind blown by these stunning performers who were still kicking their legs above their heads!
It just goes to show that age is no excuse to stop living and experiencing life.
Move it or loose it!
That’s what is so amazing about what we do here in our community, building an online business from home.
Often we will hear all sorts of excuses of why someone can’t get started and one of which is:
“I’m too old”
“I’m not techy and don’t know how to use those fancy computers”
You may not be the most technical person in the world, but you are definitely not too old to get started.
Everything is hard the first time we do it.
Over time things get easier and we move forward with consistent daily action.
Your brain may not be wired for technology the way brains are today, but the good news is that you can re program it.
The same goes for re programming our brains to realize that age is not an obstacle and you make your own rules.
Becoming aware of our programming, our values and beliefs is the first step .
Our perceptions of things can change in an instant.
“Because when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” Dr Wayne Dyer