How to change perceptions about growing older
The Be-Bolder website is a class act. Its mission is simple, but very challenging: it is to change perceptions about growing older.
Its two founders are friends and former colleagues: Dominique Afacan and Helen Cathcart, a writer and photographer respectively. They are now in their mid thirties, successful and full of life. They shared a bleak vision of old age as an unhappy, lonely place, where the batteries were almost flat, the fun had gone, and death was awaited.
They launched the be-bolder site in 2015, as an antidote to this defeatist view of age. Pretty soon, they realised their perceptions were quite wrong. In their words, “old age doesn’t just “happen” one day. Ageing is a constant for all of us, every minute, every hour, every day. And ….gasp, it can be fun. The deadline on our happiness, we now realise, is and illusion. One of our interviewees fell in love and married, aged 82. Another swims an hour in the Med every morning, aged 85. Nearly all of them are still working or creating in some way. And so many of them cite the happiest age of their lives as now, not then.”
Having visited the site, and loved it, I was understandable delighted to be featured – as someone at the lower end of the age spectrum!”