The Fountain of Age

Age is an issue of mind over matter.

If you don’t mind, it does’t matter.

Mark Twain


From Betty Friedan’s classic “The Fountain of Age”:

The insistence on seeing themselves as young, the denial of age, is the crux of psychological troubles in older men and women.  The changes that age brings are so basic and so numerous that sometimes old defenses and solutions no longer silence the new kinds of anxieties that come with them.

However, even in tasks that demand the muscular strength easier to come by in youth, qualities that may emerge with age–wisdom born of experience, freedom from youthful competitive compassion, cooperation, empathy–can more than compensate for whatever losses that come with age.  The real liberation of age is the amazing lightness and solidity of no longer feeling the need to prove oneself to be the best, to outdo the others, to compete–and of being able to fail.

Powerful Goddess Gina Bonati shares, “I am so pleased with what my body is doing in your pictures.  It is a good, lithe, and strong dancer’s body I thought i had lost!  I am discovering dance again and identify with what I see–the truth that I see and the truth that I sometimes do not see.  Sometimes it is buried, sometimes invisible, sometimes it has seemingly died.  But as these photographs show me, not yet, and maybe, just maybe, not ever.”

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to tell us how you’ve gotten better with age.





© Sharon Birke

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Oct 26, 2013 @ 10:20:01

    It’s fun to to look at younger people and think back to those days. I am certainly older but I don’t really feel it. In my mind and luckily in body I’m still very young. When I hang with my kids I feel more like I am one of them and feel they do too, but they also look to me for the reassurance that comes with experience. It’s good to be young but better to be youthful with age.

    I love these photos of this beautiful dancing Goddess. Her curves flow as she swirls in the dimming light. Hard to choose but I think the last photo is my favorite as she poses for the finale of this dance as darkness falls.


    ps…finely seeing photos of Cenrtal Park too…;)


  2. Cherry Ann Baran
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 09:49:24

    Professional portrait presentation. Every detail is perfect. Beautiful model too.


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