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Evelyn McCorristin Peters: International Women's Day, Courage and Aging

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International Women's Day, Courage and Aging

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As I hope many of you know this past Sunday was International Women's Day.
A glorious celbration of women and thier achievements as well as their potential.

I've been thinking a lot about the state of women today throughout the world and particularly in our own country. It appauls me that women will not make equal salaries to their male counterparts until the year 2056. Why are more women not up in arms about this? Why aren't they out there protesting and making this an issue. Wouldn't it help our econmy to have the majority work force making more money to spend? But what is most important is just WHY? Do you have an answer?

The process of aging has kind of knocked me for a loop over the past year. I know it's not old but I will be 50 soon enough. My looks have changed and I struggle to think of myself as, well I know this sounds a little cocky, but "formerly hot." I know a few people once thought of me as "hot!" So I feel I can at least say this with the support of those few people. I've never been vain, never even owned a full length mirror, so the thought that the change of my looks was bothering me just really pissed me off! How could I be that shallow?

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I've been studying a lot of artists lately and I fell upon this picture of Georgia O'Keefe in her last decade. And my initial reaction without even thinking was look at how beautiful she is. The light bulb went off in my's all just a different definition of what beauty is. 

So I've moved on for the most part. I'll just let the changes happen, can't really do much about it anyway. Decided I'll just be glad I'm still here to see them happen.

So what are your thoughts on aging? Do you have any secrets you want to share?

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Blogger Valerie Kamikubo said...

Even though International Woman's Day has come and gone, I thought that I would comment on you post Evelyn. I really like this post and your honesty about aging. I sometimes think that it helps to think of one's self as "coming of age" as we get older. There is so much wisdom that comes with our years and that's "a beautiful thing". Also looking to women such as Georgia O'Keefe and others who have aged gracefully helps. You're right. That is an incredible photo of her in her latter years!

March 24, 2011 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger Evelyn McCorristin Peters said...

Val, thanks so much for reading my post and leaving your comment. You are very correct the knowledge we gain is in itself a beautiful thing. I love to learn and to be able to continue to do that always brings me joy. When I answer some weird question from Jeopardy, my husband asks how did you possibly know that, and I usually say I don't know, just something I found interesting and it stuck!
Having mostly come to grips with aging has been a true relief, it takes a lot of energy to worry about things you can't change!

March 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM  

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