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Act your age: why we shouldn’t be ashamed to call ourselves “middle aged” or “old”

There's nothing shameful about growing up. In fact, embracing the reality of getting older can make our lives richer

By Julian Baggini   May 2018

Our society may be in denial. But we shouldn’t under-estimate the joy of embracing our older selves

When I turned 30, too many years ago to mention, I raised a glass and toasted my entry to middle age. Everyone else was shocked by this, thinking I was being premature. Perhaps the real reason for their recoiling was that if 30 really was middle aged, that made the rest of them either middle-aged themselves, too close to it for comfort or—god forbid—old.

To me it was a simple question of…

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