It’s the inevitable fate no human can escape.
It’s something many have tried, and failed, to avoid. Attempts have been made to delay the inevitable but no society has successfully stopped it.
I’m talking about ageing.
Since at least the 5th century BC, the desire to prolong youth has been a popular theme in literature. Ancient Greek historian Herodotus wrote about a mythical fountain that restored youth to all those who drank from it. He wrote about men who died trying to find it. Fast forward thousands of wars, rulers, political structures and ideologies to 2013; it seems just about everything but the want to prolong youth has changed. The ageing process has and will always be universal. The fountain of youth is just as desirable as it was in ancient times, re-appearing in the plot of 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides movie. An academy award later and we’re still no closer to finding the fountain.
Search Google for “I’m scared of getting old” and you’ll get about 450,000 hits. You’ll also find millions of products that claim to reverse the ageing process. Instagram feeds are flooded with quotes such as “do it while you’re still young”, “keep calm, you’re still young” and “if you don’t do wild things while you’re young, you’ll have nothing to smile about when you’re old”.
Well, these women feel differently. Leather jackets, floral headpieces and ice-creams, these women feel young-spirited despite their age. “I’m not old! I’m just having a really bad hair day,” Merald, 72, joked. They’re hip, and in no need of a hip replacement. – Chérie Allen