I’ve dealt with racism, sexism and other relative ‘isms’ that discriminate against people due to their differences (physical, mental, or cultural) that do not fit the standardized norm of the prejudicial status quo. How unfortunate because so many people with such mindsets miss out on some amazing opportunities for continued and gratifying lifelong lessons.
Now, I had no idea, nor was I prepared for the new injustice, the new type of discrimination to fight…ageism. What I was educated for or capable of doing in my 20’s and 30’s and even 40’s are probably some things I am no longer able to do as much of or have outgrown (mostly fast-paced stuff). With the maturity of my body, I acknowledge that my mind and spirit has intensified with wisdom, compassion, and an increased desire to learn and teach.
While I, along with so many others are finding ourselves faced with this new type of narrow-mindedness, people like me are not ready to be ‘put out to pasture.’ The consciousness regarding the increase of innovation, educational and technological advancements in the 50+ population are undervalued and underappreciated.
Don’t let the gray hair fool ya. Age ain’t nothing but a number, but experience, on the other hand, has membership privileges that are far more precious than a pot of gold. Perhaps, instead of judging by appearance and age, sit down and strike up a conversation that may prove to be critical and instrumental to your growth, development, and survival. Our resumes are pretty impressive and our aptitude and fortitude just might blow you away.
When the old adage suggests, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” then don’t!