Friday, 16 July 2021

Age against the machine

 Melissa Doyle has made a podcast for Audible called Age Against the Machine on the many issues women face or feel as they age, and how to embrace ageing positively. It's worth a listen, though for me I was probably more ahead in my comfort level to gain much from it (all those times of being told how old I am at Festivals has weirdly boosted my confidence to just throw myself into things without worrying what people think, evidently). However I found it interesting all the same, so recommend it.

It gets different perspectives on ageing from around the world, on appearance, power, confidence and relevance. Our normal is not necessarily normal. Or maybe there are some warnings of where we don't want to follow.

The big takeaway for me came from a woman called Joan Nestle, an activist and author, among other things. She says "If history comes knocking at your door....Open it." As this country seems to be widening the inequity and inflicting so much suffering on the population, perhaps as we age we need to start carry the load for others. We need to demand change, not just for our own interests, but for what is ethically wrong. She finishes with "Don't be afraid to stand alone....Don't be burdened by the yoke of respectability and all that means...If you see there is a real need to step into an unsafe place, to make yourself marginalised because of a larger issue, do it...Knowing even if it was just once, you stood up and said "I can't accept this..." Perhaps the real thing we need to embrace as we age, is our responsibility to make this country, and the world, a better place for the generations to come. We have failed at that, however maybe this will be where we benefit most in purpose and drive once our children have left home and we settle into retirement?

As an aside, I have a very successful friend in a high powered job who is taking a dramatic pay cut to work for a non profit. Another friend has moved from a prestige workplace to do the same. It manifests in different ways but the drive to do something with meaning, over something that makes money, brings purpose and fulfilment in later life. 

I think of that meme 'Never pick a fight with a woman over 40. They're full of rage and sick of everyone's shit.' There is a nugget of truth in that, so perhaps we need to harness that rage to change the paradigm (a fancy word for other people's shit)?

This is not a podcast specifically on menopause but it does frame the headspace in a more positive lens for embracing it.

As always, it starts with you, it starts today.

Linking with #WeekendCoffeeShare because if we were having coffee I'd be recommending this podcast to you....

My Random Musings



  1. This sounds great I am going to listen in#mischiefandmemories@_karendennis

  2. I don't normally listen to podcasts but that one looks interesting. Ageing is inevitable so we need to be able to accept it with some grace (both as individuals and as a society). I think it's important to 'give back' as you say.

  3. I would certainly find listening to how other cultures approach female ageing interesting.

    Katrina x

  4. This sounds really interesting. As a woman in her 40s this definitely appeals. Thanks for joining the #MischiefAndMemories linky

  5. This sounds like a fab podcast. Both my mum and nanny always said that when you get to 40, things change and you don't tend to view things in the same way... i.e. no longer willing to put up with the sh*t. Thank you for joining us for #mischiefandmemories - I have audible so I'll look out for this one :-)

  6. I know of the podcast but I am very erratic in my listening habits. I love my audible books though and right now I am finishing Rick Morton's My Year of Living Vulnerably. Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

  7. Thank you for sharing your recommendation with #weekendcoffeeshare.

  8. This sounds like a great resource and an inspiring read!

  9. I haven't heard of this podcast but I'll have to look it up. I'm definitely aging (well, aren't we all? lol) and I want to use it wisely.

  10. I always used to watch Mel on the Sunrise - she is great and I can imagine she delivers a great podcast too! #anythinggoes

  11. I'm now 40 so may need to check this out! I've never listened to a podcast before (my age perhaps...?!) Thanks for linking up with #MischiefAndMemories