I felt honored to receive an advance copy of a brand new book recently. Fierce With Age is about the difficulties and personal assessments we may all need to go through as we pass into late midlife. What else is out there for us to accomplish? This book arrived as a timely gift for my 58th birthday.
Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn is a new memoir from Carol Orsborn, a fine writer I have come to know through her excellent website Fierce With Age, the Online Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration, and Spirituality.
First it must be mentioned that Ms. Orsborn is a true pioneer when it comes to busting cultural stereotypes. This book is Ms. Orsborn’s 21st book, and describes her recent experiences in confronting her own aging process. My first response as I read through this book? It takes great courage to tell it like it is, especially when it comes to aging.
This book is about the considerations and contemplations we may each need to confront as we move past midlife. In this well-written memoir, the writer successfully captures the emotional experience of one who has accomplished a glorious career as a bestselling author and recognized expert on boomers, only to find that the mainstream media has lost interest in her because she is now past age 60. Here she confronts the tumultuous transit from the heights of her previous career, to her own wild spaces beyond midlife.
In this refreshingly candid and honest memoir, Ms. Orsborn reveals her deep disillusionment with a culture that finds no problem with discarding us as we age. What is the best way to respond to this dilemma? With courage she digs into her own issues behind this rebuff, lifelong feelings about self-worth, self-compassion, and the true meaning of human potential as she experiences her own “tough year for seniority.”
This honest and revealing book is one of the most thought-provoking volumes I have read on how our culture discards us as we age, and how best to respond to this affront to our value as a human being.
Here you will find useful insights and much-needed validation for the experience of millions, as we all move past midlife and into our fullest expression of actualized adulthood.
To learn more about mastering difficult life transitions you might enjoy my books: Midlife Magic: Becoming The Person You Are Inside! and my new one: Find Your Reason to be Here: The Search for Meaning in Midlife.