Fading Quietly into Invisibility? No Chance!
It’s been a long time coming but at LAST we’re starting to regard older women as a vital and dynamic force to be celebrated, valued and respected. But in order to BE celebrated, valued and respected we have to be SEEN and we have to be HEARD.
We have to be VISIBLE
And there’s far more to the whole ‘visibility’ question than just our physical visibility – there’s professional visibility, social visibility and political visibility to name but a few. Basically, it’s about being a vital and integral part of what’s going on around us.
For me, it can be summed up in a word – relevance!
Ours is not a culture that universally celebrates its elders for the wisdom and talent they’ve amassed over the years! WE know we’re still fabulous…and the people who love us know we’re still fabulous…but everyone else? Hmm… a brief scroll through magazines might suggest that while things are slowly improving, there’s still work to be done!
But it’s a challenge that we Baby Boomers relish!
Our generation has always been a force to be reckoned with, creating massive waves of change as we moved through each of life’s various milestones and we continue to do so as we now as we move into our Third Age. We are incredibly fortunate to be healthier, richer and better educated than ANY previous generation – and we have absolutely no intention of dishonouring this privilege by fading quietly into invisibility and obscurity. On the contrary, we FEEL at the top of our game as we embark on our next chapter and fully intend being useful, purposeful and relevant for many more years to come.
We want to remain productive. We want to fully express our potential. We want to put our hard earned wisdom to use in new ways. We want to find a fulfilment we’ve not yet experienced.
The exciting part of all this is that the key to our visibility… the key to feeling relevant, important and valued, lies within us. Visibility has absolutely nothing to do with our age but everything to do with our mindset.
Here are a few way in which you can enhance your visibility in your next chapter:
- engage in a broader set of choices about when and how you show up and are seen
- let go of comparison and the need for approval
- open up to new possibilities – say ‘yes’ more!
- keep a sense of wonder and curiosity
- become a mentor
- share your story, gifts and skills to inspire and empower others
- build relationships and connections across generations
- recognise and claim your inherent talents, worth and strength
- articulate your ideas, voice your intentions and put them ‘out there’
- set new goals – do something different, learn something new
Visibility is no longer just the preserve of the young – life in our Third Age is still very much a dynamic process with HUGE opportunities for personal growth.
All the energy, wisdom, potential and experience we have coursing through our veins is needed now more than ever and we have far too much to offer to be consigned to invisibility!