Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime. - Johnny Ball
|Your best cakes are ahead of you.|
What does that tell us?
This past week, I've been pondering perceptions and how they affect us... including our careers. It all began with a light conversation with a colleague, one who's highly respected in our industry and responsible for the placement, or not, of domestic workers into some of the best positions available. Cut to the chase... 50 is the new 100, and my career options, should I be so inclined to explore them at 55 would be, as he very politely informed me... extremely limited.
They don't want to deal with the health issues of older workers.
After about ten seconds of stunned silence (mine), I inquired with my friend if he thought it matters that I work out and swim a mile 4x/week, don't smoke or do drugs, am not overweight, and am in better physical condition than most people half my age?
Well, no, not really, that doesn't matter.
More stunned silence, as I realized I'd just failed to demonstrate a connection between that and health issues.
|At least it's gluten-free!|
Today I wondered if I was, myself, trying to create the perception in others that actually being physically fit is a better indicator of health and endurance than a person's age might typically indicate, when I started the NYC Domestic Staff Physical Fitness Meetup. Could what a person actually does - and is capable of doing - be a better indicator of their value, better than either the color or the age of their skin? Or, that people, in
|What if we perceived being physically fit... as a valuable reality?|
Well, yes, really, all of that seems to matter!