8 comments on “On middle age

  1. I had a young woman, an Uber driver actually, correct me when I said I was old. “You’re not old, you’re a beautiful, strong, fierce woman.” So I asked her, “Isn’t there a time when you can say, ‘I don’t have to try so hard anymore, I can get let go of most of that now?'” *sigh*

    • I understand her to mean that middle age is a time for going deeper into the themes of life that interests us, accepting that there are things, relations, goals … we have to let go.

  2. There is a sign on the wall of my yoga studio, the first line of which reads, ‘When we are tense, all we observe is our own tension’ – which is perhaps similar observation. I too have an old Virago copy of this book on my shelf, and get it down now and then.

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