What Happens When Age is Thrown Out the Window?

What Happens When Age is Thrown Out the Window?

I’ve always had two philosophies in life 1) age is just a number and 2) you can learn something from everyone you meet. I chose to participate in the Bridging the Gap campaign with this mentality, but I was hesitant that I wouldn’t be able to relate to my partner. What would I truly have in common with someone double my age, and who’s lived in countries I’ve never been to? However, once I started talking with Renata, founder of Fashionably Fab Fashion Tips, I realized that we had so much more in common than I initially imagined.

Renata was born and raised in Australia, but she followed her dreams and at age 50 she moved to France. She has a son, and she is getting married to an Italian man in November. Now, age 52, she has traveled to over 40 cities in Europe – something I aspire to do some day. Some of her favorite places are: Antwerp, Paris, the countryside in England, Austria, and Switzerland.

Renata started her blog because she thinks “it’s important to just see people for who and what they are regardless of age, height or shape. People have a hard time nowadays to see people without labels or status.” You feel this intention when reading her blog; the wisdom woven into posts from her personal life and fashion communicates everything at a humanistic level and it feels refreshing. Everything she writes is authentic, and it’s noticeable. This tone makes sense because Renata is an artist with words – she’s written a book (again another life goal of mine).

I learned from our conversations that we both share passions for traveling, food, helping others and the relationships we have with family and friends. Renata is an expert in European cities; she can tell you where to eat, sites to see and the value of traveling to each country. I think she would write an awesome travel book about European cities. I hope to have this much knowledge about places within the United States. Renata and I both believe that traveling is awesome and that it forces you to truly live life. She says it best, “experience is life,” and I completely agree. Paired with traveling, is her passion for good food. Whether it’s a home cooked meal by her future spouse or dishes she’s discovered while traveling around Europe – she loves it all.

After talking with Renata, I realized that our values, passions and desires are the same; no matter your age. Two lessons I took away from our conversations are that you need to live in the now and make sure to become your best friend. I also hope that one day I have the wisdom and willingness to live my dreams despite my fears. Remember that beauty is ageless, and age is just a number. Renata and I bridged the gap, and I hope that we can meet in person – maybe I’ll travel to Europe!

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Why I Marched

Why I Marched

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On January 21, 2017, I participated in the Women’s March in Los Angeles, and I am extremely glad I did so. It has been 11 days since the new president was sworn in, and I’ve felt a variety of emotions ranging from anger to being scared. However, on January 21st, I was proud to be participating in something so historic. I was proud that I stood up for what I believed in, and that millions of people around the world did too. I was proud that the marches around the world were peaceful and inclusive. In the hours, I marched, I was proud to be an American.

Now some may ask why it took me so long to write this post, and the answer is it took me these 11 days to harness my feelings and craft something that wasn’t irrational or a rant. I marched because I believe in women’s rights, equality, human rights, disability rights, access to a good public education, reproductive rights, diversity, and that as a social worker I should stand up for marginalized populations.

I loved the atmosphere of the March in LA; it was calm, diverse, and there was a strong sense of unity.  If you asked me a year ago if I would ever participate in a march, I probably would have said nope, but now I’m glad I did and I’m not going to stop.