Friday May 04 2007
By Elizabeth Russell
We think of aging as something that happens to us, something as inevitable as waking up in the morning. But what if our way of speaking about aging actually influences our experience of it?
Satchel Paige once asked, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?” Because he was black, he wasn’t allowed to play major league baseball until he was well past retirement age for ball players. When he finally got his chance, no one knew for sure how old he was and he wasn’t telling. Who he was and the performance he gave on the field were more important than how old he was. [Read More]