How times have changed for a generation
Published 15/05/2015 | 02:30
According to one of those surveys, life now begins at 53; which means many of us have yet to get started. Yes, ladies, in life it's now time for that second act. This always seemed to be the case for middle-aged men, but never women, who were deemed "past-it" at the toddling age of 29.
For years, female middle-age was sold as some sort of plump matrons' graveyard; a time when we would all have to give up our dancing, drinking, kick-boxing (if you're into that sort of thing) and general bad behaviour. We would have to knuckle down and become mature and sensible. We would wear nylon skirts and "sensible" shoes. We would have to get our hair cut and visit the hairdresser for the obligatory "style and set" once a week. We were supposed to accept gravity and grow old gracefully, leaving the future to our kids. We would need to get used to being ignored, our opinions unwanted, our experience disregarded.
But now we know better. We know that where career, life - and for some of us, even love - are concerned, the best is yet to come.