On Age & Getting Old
Ten years ago, a random man on a dancefloor nightclub helped me get over myself. It was at the peak of my binge drinking career and I’d craft a great night out with avoidant and creative storytelling.
Most nights I was a Hip Hop dance teacher named Kelly, and I was careful to never give out my phone number – or at least not the real one – because it was an important time for me to heal and to learn how to be myself outside of a relationship.
I’d been dancing with this guy for a couple of songs. He was enjoying the chase and angling in for the kill. Over the din, he asked me how old I was. I made a big fuss saying I was a lot older than him and Oh My Goodness, so much older than I looked! Eventually I confessed that I was turning 40 that year.
He held me at arm’s length, looked me over,
and announced gratuitously,
“Honey, you don’t look a day over 35!”
I was 28.
My surprise and outrage and pure joy is still palpable. I laughed and laughed and still laugh remembering that night all those years ago. I did not take him home, but I took with me and still hold so dear, the important lesson of getting over the ridiculous concept of age defining my value.
“I see your agedness. I see you getting older. It is the most powerful thing I have witnessed.”
May today be the day that you choose yourself and step into your power, not despite your age, but because of it.
Menstrual Superpowers Leadership Coach
In 2016, after nearly 2 decades working in corporate, I created Empress Crow and Rabbit. Designed to celebrate the cycles (lunar, menstrual + seasonal) I also loved interviewing imaginative women in inspirational careers. Now, I'm a Life Coach + I support Corporate Wonder Women just like you, to explore + harness your own Menstrual Superpowers. When a client discovers her Menstrual Superpowers + plays to her strengths on these days, her corporate life + home life transform. She is more productive, more inspirational, more creative + more rested. Yup. All of it.
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