I was reading an article about McClanahan's death on the ABC News website, when I came across this quote, given by McClanahan to The New York Times in 1985:
"...when people mature, they add layers. They don't turn into other creatures. The truth is we all still have our child, our adolescent and our young woman living in us."
As I approach a milestone birthday later this summer, I understand how true that statement is. Sure, there are parts of my personality that are more seasoned (and for that I am grateful!), but I also carry around some of the same desires -- and insecurities -- that I've had since I was a little girl.
How about you? Do you see your age giving you layers or dimensions? How does that affect the way you view aging in general?