Archives for September 2016
Aging and vulnerability: that’s the theme for my next session at Ryerson’s LIFE Institute, staring on Oct. 5.
I have a close friend who’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, another with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), another with Mild Cognitive Impairment, which may lead to dementia.
When they talk about their anxiety and anger, the dread of the diagnosis, we realize we’re facing the vulnerability of aging. Of course we’ve been vulnerable all our lives, but there’s a special quality as we get older and the end of our lives looms closer.
I’m looking forward — I really am — to sharing our feelings around these issues with LIFE participants. As Brene Brown says in her famous TED talk on vulnerability — if you haven’t seen it, take a look — we cherish the openness and vulnerability of others and fear it in ourselves, as weakness. Yet it’s the source of joy and creativity. When we numb ourselves to our vulnerability, we numb ourselves to life. To be continued.