Age is just a number after all…
Posted by: Arc7Admin | 20.10.15

By Esme Davies

I’m the new kid on the block at Arc Seven; a fresh faced intern, just out of school, with aspirations expanding wildly as I discover, wide eyed at my desk, the hidden world behind the media. I’m 19 and believe, as have many teenagers before me, that life is what you make of it.

The last few years have seen my interest in fashion grow thanks to trendy youth culture and social media. I’m embracing the world of fashion as fully as I can, because we’re not young forever, and being trendy has a time limit, right?

Or am I just saying this because I’m part of a generation that fears age, and hopes for medical revolution to save us from it? I grew up in a way that differs vastly from my grandparents childhood, and the generation divide between the old and the young is clear. There seems to be an ageist stereotype that suggests age is an unfashionable and negative aspect of life.

But my grandparents have refuted this stereotype with their hobbies e.g. languages and travel, and proved that age isn’t such a bad thing. This, combined with my interest in fashion has prompted me to explore age as a fashionable accessory, to be flaunted proudly; something that acts as a metaphor for knowledge, experience and authority.

My grandfather, Denys, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday next month, is certainly a force to be reckoned with if we’re talking age. From learning Welsh, to touring New Zealand or his weekly ukulele class, Denys sees no limit to what he can do while he is still healthy and able. Having such an influence certainly encourages me to live an active life and fulfil my greatest potential.

Let’s also look at the Queen; she is 89, but why are we so focused on her age? She is also patron to 510 charities, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and is still revered by women of all ages for her timeless two-piece power dressing. You don’t have to be a royalist or a patriot to have massive respect for everything she has achieved. She proves that ageing is just an excuse to do and achieve more.

There are many lessons to be taken from the pioneers of age equality. From refusing to conform to age stereotypes while inspiring others to continue life’s journey way beyond the age of retirement. Everyone has their own path in life and everyone ages differently. While we cannot ignore that there are some negative aspects of ageing, I think it’s time to learn from our elders and change our attitudes to create a positive future for age.

I’m not just saying all of this; I’ve got the proof. Just the other day I met a friend for coffee, later to be joined by her boyfriend and his 96-year-old grandma. We had a lovely time, chatting and joking, drinking tea. All the while I thought; what an incredible woman, living a happy active life, hanging out with people 70 years younger than she is, bridging the intergenerational divide and proving that age is just a number.