L: Lost Youth


Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

Betty Friedan


I want to raise my fist in the air and holler out ‘You sing it!’ Not lost youth. I must repeat these words and engrave them in my heart. If I look at ageing as lost youth, then I am encompassed in an aura of loss, fear, regret, and longing. I need to shift my eyes from this focus and look ahead to the glorious new path that lies ahead – opportunity and strength. And with that shift of attitude I embrace a positive and optimistic outlook that appreciates the blessings that come with ageing, those that are there when I make a point to look for them.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah Weber
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 15:12:44

    I think your attitude is perfect as is Friedan’s admonishment. I think it’s helpful to think of aging not as a loss, but rather a growth. Another layer of sturdy bricks or stones building upon a strong foundation – each year, each experience a gift. Whether we interpret the experience as preferred or not in the moment, each one ultimately leads us to exactly where we currently are. Leaning into celebrating that opens the way for more delight to show up.


  2. Mary Lou
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 15:43:24

    I love the quote. I feel like I have a duty to live out this mantra being I’ve been given these years that have been denied to so many. Our culture stereotypes old age. We can rise above this and be role models to others. Thanks Trisha! ❤


  3. Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 17:04:16

    I need to post this quote in my home. As I face retirement in 2020 I need to remind myself of this.


  4. Cindy Nappa McCabe
    Apr 13, 2019 @ 20:35:22

    Great quote… great way of thinking, my friend.


  5. Sheryl
    Apr 14, 2019 @ 03:25:05

    I love the Betty Friedan quote. It is so supportive of continued learning and growth.


  6. Deb
    Apr 14, 2019 @ 21:24:50

    Yes! No sense moping about something we can’t change.


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