Friday, June 4, 2010

Rue McClanahan on aging

You've likely already heard that Rue McClanahan, the actress who played sassy and saucy Blanche Devereaux on the television series "The Golden Girls" died of a stroke earlier this week.

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?

Amy Magan
Communications Manager


schall said...

I really like this concept of accumulating "layers" as we grow more seasoned. I have that same feeling, that my various stages in life are still part of me and emerge at the (hopefully) appropriate times.

SylviaB said...

As I age - gracefully of course - I find that my edges are softer, my thinking more flexible, and my perspective more open. Very few things that seemed incredibly important earlier in my life just don't carry the same weight any more. I'm more likely to just take each day - as it unfolds - as it comes and less stressed about things not going the way I'd planned. Sometimes I don't even bother with the planning! I think that so far my 60's (I'll be 61 this summer) are pretty free and wonderful ... and I'm hoping it will continue that way for a while at least.