In our lifetime women are living longer, fuller, and healthier lives than ever before. And yet, stress and trauma occur from outside pressures on what aging should be and how women are valued. I remember thinking that “old” meant anyone that wasn’t young, and young meant anyone under 25. However, I am past 25, and all of the distinguished women role models that I find myself looking to are well into their 50s and feel nothing like “old”.
Cameron Diaz has noticed so much about herself and other’s reactions to her aging process, that she has written a book titled The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time. She explains the stress and personal crisis of facing stereotypes. In an interview with The Huffington Post Diaz eloquently summarizes her personal relationship with aging, and how women of all ages need to be valued and value themselves.
“I’m going to do the best work I’ve ever done. I’m going to live better than I’ve ever lived. I’m going to love better than I’ve ever loved. And you’re going to value me more than you ever valued me at 25,” she says. “That’s the perspective that we need to have.”
In our moments of crisis and pressure it is easy to be insecure. That is why it is important to have healthy life skills, a nurturing support system, and the mindfulness to know when you are stressed. We are all more valuable than we know, and it has nothing to do about being young or old.