ageism

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?”

Madonna

 

Madonna predicting the future with Jonathan Ross many years ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was Madonna predicting the future in an interview with Jonathan Ross over 20 years ago….

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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!

 

Palm Sprimgs Follies

 

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

 

63 thoughts on “Why does ageism still exist?

  1. Great point… age should not be a factor in starting an online business. But my mother is a prime example of someone who is perfectly ok with having a computer in her house that she never uses. I guess the saying is true, weather you think you are too old to learn new things or not, either way you’re right. Thanks for sharing.

  2. LOVE , love, love this! As a 65 year old I can relate so well to this. There are days that I act my shoe size and truthfully there are still some days where I wonder what I will be when I grow up. Age weighs you down like a damn ball and shain so cut it loose and go have the time of your life doing whatever the heck you want to. And that’s a fact Jack!

    1. Aha, knew you’d love this one my dear Netty! You have the heart and soul of an energized woman ready to rock every day out, you inspire me so much! Keep rockin my friends! 🙂

  3. Being old is of the mind that it is of how we look. Some people get old at 20 while some just never get old. I believe whenever we give up on our dreams and desire to enjoy the world we live in that is when we get old.
    Thanks for sharing Alesha. Great Post…. Keep Rocking my friend.

  4. Aha, knew you’d love this one my dear Netty! You have the heart and soul of an energized woman ready to rock every day out, you inspire me so much! Keep rockin my friends! 🙂

  5. Great post Alesha! I’m a firm believer you’re never too old to learn something new! There’s a great quote, “Age is only a matter of mind, if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”! My Dad is 83 years young and says he still feels like an 18 year old! Cheers to staying forever young!

    1. That’s awesome Robin! My Dad is 65 years old and still competes in ocean swims, cycles, runs and many physical activities. It’s inspiring indeed to have Dad’s like that! Cheers!

  6. Great blog Alesha! Thanks for bringing to light something that has been going on for way too long. I’ll still be just as crazy when I am 80 as I am now… jumping off 108 story buildings and all! 😉

    1. Thanks for stopping by Laura, I totally agree with you! I’m just as crazy as you are having bungy jumped off of the tallest tower in the world to bungy off in Macau of 233 feet! Here’s to the crazy ones!

  7. Thanks for stopping by Laura, I totally agree with you! I’m just as crazy as you are having bungy jumped off of the tallest tower in the world to bungy off in Macau of 233 feet! Here’s to the crazy ones!

  8. That’s awesome Robin! My Dad is 65 years old and still competes in ocean swims, cycles, runs and many physical activities. It’s inspiring indeed to have Dad’s like that! Cheers!

  9. What a great post, Alesha. You always hit the nail on the head. Ageism is rampant and will probably be one of the last “isms” to be addressed since I believe it is more “silent” than the others. I certainly fall into the non techy group and am learning, slowly but surely. Maybe the kids in the business and the Boomers should partner up. A lot to learn from each other.

  10. My wife is from Thailand and the reason kids are supposed to take care of their parents is because once you turn 40 (even younger in some fields), you are considered subpar and no longer efficient or very useful. It’s hard for them to find good work.

  11. AAAAAhhhh! I love this article and feel it so much. I am as old as Madonna… and certainly don’t feel old. and don’t act it either. I agree with this article so much Alesha.. thanks for posting it and I’m sharing it.. Come on People,, Live you lives as long as you possibly can and don’t let other people who feel and look old influence you to do what they are doing. Baby Boomer and Proud to be. (ps… inspired me for a blog post I will do ).

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