We live in an ageist society . It’s been said before and I am saying it again. Maybe forever 21 came up with their slogan on a whim but today it’s the widespread norm.
There was a time when the formula youth = success was limited to the Fashion and entertainment industry. The ordinary, everyday people took aging as a natural phenomenon and went about their daily lives and jobs unaffected.
Neither was older than 20 something need not apply was a box that needed to be ticked on a job application .
However in the recent years this obsession with youth has trickled down and become mainstream in our society and culture. Every where you go , you are bombarded with the latest in anti aging innovations , ranging from high tech skin care, makeup, supplements , gadgets , surgical procedures and the last I checked anti aging water and even drinkable collagen !😕
It doesn’t matter where in the world you live or which ethnicity you belong to. Once you cross the 20 something threshold you are guilty of committing a grievous sin.
Owing to circumstances beyond my control it was well into my late twenties that I had the opportunity to start crossing items off my dated and yellowing bucket list.
Little did I know I was ineligible for over half the things on my list since I no longer fit the 15-20 age bracket anymore.
I remember signing up for dancing lessons and considering penciling in the 25-30 age box myself in exasperation.
For me at 16, finishing homework and passing exams was the limit to my ambitious thinking. What I learned that day while attempting to blend in with the other 18 year old somethings , was that life goals today are not only planned out but close to being achieved when you hit the 20 something age mark.
As I stood there , I realized that I had completely missed “The young and The successful” boat ages ago. I remembered the time when our mothers would lie about their ages out of sheer vanity and getting older meant becoming wiser , smarter and more graceful.
As I crossed out the 18-20 age box and handed over the form grudgingly I realized lying about my age was going to be more out of necessity than of vanity.