30 Day Challenge: Day Nine

Day Nine: Your feelings on ageism

Ageism: (www.alfa.org)

Ageism is a form of discrimination and prejudice, particularly experienced by seniors. Most seniors are mentally and physically active regardless of age with a great deal to contribute. However, societal norms marginalize seniors, treat them with disrespect, make them feel unwelcome and otherwise generalize as if they were all the same. 

I feel as strongly about ageism as I do any kind of discrimination against any persons/group of people. It shouldn’t exist. But it does. How awesome would it be to live in a world where are differences are embraced and celebrated instead of picked apart and ridiculed. At the end of the day we are all human; all perfectly imperfect. All searching for love and acceptance outside of ourselves. All struggling to be better than our yesterday. Ageism is just another way to separate us and point out are flaws instead of our strengths. Age brings a beauty, fueled by experience and time, that just doesn’t quite exist in our younger selves. But we don’t seem to appreciate that at all. No wonder we are all afraid to get older because when we do we aren’t celebrated, we’re forgotten. Thrown away. Ageism doesn’t take into account the wisdom and experience that aging brings and only highlights the downside to it. We always say that children are the future, never giving credit to the very people who birthed the generation, that birthed this “future.” Aging is a natural part of the human lifespan. And it’s beautiful and graceful. It should be marveled, not discriminated against. I’ll sum it all up with this one quote that resonates with me and says it all .

I’ve learned . . . that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person -Andy Rooney

Maybe all you discriminators out there should sit down and learn something!

As always , thanks for listening

-Taj

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