Aging Or Transforming: Which Are We Doing?

Flower Spiral © lynette sheppard

Aging is weird sometimes. It takes a bit of getting used to. Like when you suddenly become invisible in shops or restaurants while waiters pant over younger patrons. Or as Whoopi Goldberg noticed, “when you are never again going to be the hottest thing in the room”. Except thermally speaking. And those days when you pass a mirror or window and wonder who is that middle aged woman looking back before recognizing yourself.

And yet. And yet, there is so much that is wondrous and illuminating about the aging journey. Twenty some odd years ago, when aging was just an abstraction in my world, I chanced to see aging in a new and lovely way. Dear friend Bronwyn Cooke took her husband Rik’s slides of old cars and with musician Ron Lloyd created this poignant look at the beauty of aging, at metamorphosis. Thanks to YouTube, I can now share it with all of you. Enjoy.

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6 Responses to Aging Or Transforming: Which Are We Doing?

  1. Rosemary Williams January 20, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    What a gift you have shared with us! Many years ago I saw this video (Metamorphosis), but had forgotten about it in the years since. I began my day today by viewing it, and its presence lingers still.

    Thank you!

  2. Nancy Peardon January 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Metamorphosis and for writing about aging so positively! I love this!

  3. Theresa January 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Ahhh – I had forgotten about that slide show and what a treat. Yes, I will happily accept the old lady in the mirror but in exchange, I would love to have many, many, many years ahead in which to utilize the lessons learned.

  4. Deborah Montesano January 30, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    It was refreshing to come across this website as I was writing a blog entitled, “Life: The Ultimate Disease”. Having made the transition through menopause myself, I find it more than irritating that this phase of life has been so medicalized, along with many other aspects of life. The support and acceptance here are a great phenomenon!

  5. Brian from June 25, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this post with all of us! I’m new to your blog but I will definitely be coming back frequently. I work with senior citizens every day, helping them cover the out of pocket gaps brought on by government Medicare. I love working with seniors and hearing about their different experiences and views on life.

    I will definitely have to recommend this blog to my clients and friends. I know they would appreciate something like this! They are always looking for new information and literature on aging gracefully, and this would be perfect. Thanks again for sharing.

  6. Lenore Swan March 10, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

    What a wonderful discovery!! I heard of Bev. Foster’s passing and saw your name. My, oh, my! I have this treasured memory of the old car slide show and Ron Lloyd singing Metaphorphosis —— in Crossover Seminars at Wings —- so many years ago. Thank you.

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