By the time you get this, I will be on the plane to New York and in two days time I’ll be on a stage doing my TEDx talk, fulfilling a long-awaited dream of mine.
Here is a three minute video of the different speakers. I’m definitely going to be the grandma Moses of the group. But it should be fun to work with all these kids. We have one day before the event to meet and read our speeches.
We’ve had many conference calls discussing it. All of our speeches are “It’s about time” and our subject matter after that. Mine is “It’s about time we rethink age.” It’s our job at home to practice by ourselves over and over and over and over until we are spot on.
I hope when I write to you next I can say “I nailed it!”
This is a little beautiful video with all the players in it and a lovely song written just for the occasion by Skye Dyer.
Hope you enjoy and wish me luck. I’m taking you with me!
We hear about the Millennials, we hear about Generation X, the baby boomers. But have you heard about the gray matter? The silent generation? That’s us! Those of us born between 1930-1945.
Well, we are not so silent anymore. We’ve found our voices. We are able to have second, third and fourth chapters in our lives. We turned out to be the lucky ones because we are living longer, wiser and in a more healthy state than others before us. We have treatments, options, and medicines available to us, that has never been given to any other generation. We are all taking advantage.
I wanted to do a TED Talk forever. I wrote it down on my wish list for this year and lo and behold (that gives my age away right there) I got one!! I will be speaking at TEDx UpperWestside WOMEN on October 27 at the Leonard Nimoy Theatre in New York. The theme of the day is “Isn’t it about time?” So my speech is: Isn’t it about time we change the way we look at aging? This is how it came about.
In my family, every woman died before the age of 64! As my friend said the other day when I turned 82, “you have just missed the opportunity of dying young, Beverlye.” That’s OK with me. I have the privilege of having the knowledge that sadly my grandmother, mother and two sisters did not have.
Medicine has come such a long way, teaching us not only about what to do once we have our diseases but how to do preventative medicine. My mother didn’t exercise, my sisters didn’t exercise and my grandmother was way too busy putting out the wash for her eleven children. That was her exercise.
My groundbreaking generation, not only has the opportunity to learn how to protect ourselves from the effects of aging and to push back age-related diseases, but the responsibility to pass that information on to the generations behind us. It’s our job. It’s our pleasure!
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