Part of the anxiety about ageing is relevance, opines Sisonke Msimang

A great deal of people feel anxious about ageing.

Author and commentator Sisonke Msimang says this is because of the perception that older people are no longer relevant in society.

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Msimang believes that the obsession with youth is not only because of superficial reasons and admits to lying about her age at some point in her life.

She explores how a person's views on death and mortality will affect how they live life and perceive age.

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As you get older you realise that part of the desire to be younger or project as younger is about a desire to be relevant.

Sisonke Msimang, activist and author

There's a point in your life when you're not old enough to be taken seriously. There's a point in your life when you are taken seriously, and there's a point at which you are too old to be taken seriously.

Sisonke Msimang, activist and author

Voice notes are such a strange concept to me and it's completely age-related.

Sisonke Msimang, activist and author

I'm convinced that even if the plane went down, I would be the sole survivor.

Sisonke Msimang, activist and author

People are living longer. We're healthier. I feel physical stronger in my forties than I did in my thirties.

Sisonke Msimang, activist and author

Because we do live longer and are generally healthier, we have to think about life and what we do with our productive years in different ways.

Sisonke Msimang, activist and author

Msimang's acclaimed book, Always Another Country, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Alan Paton Award.

She spoke about the insecurities of ageing, mortality, and the human condition. Callers also shared their personal experiences.

Take a listen to the intriguing discussion:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Part of the anxiety about ageing is relevance, opines Sisonke Msimang


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