From the archives: Report From Rhea On Turning 61 & 1/4
Rhea's favorite examples of women she admires are Tina Turner, Cher, Joan Collins. Timeless women, always admired. Both by men and women, who, by constantly reinventing themselves & changing with the times, remain in the forefront of their profession.
These women are owned by no men, but have certainly loved enough in their lives. They are self-determiners, which does not preclude partnership with men.
By continuing to dynamically entertain and stay ahead of the pack, they embolden all women, even of a lesser dynamism, to remain in the fray as long as they desire, instead of being cast to the sidelines as the offical baby sitter for grandchildren (although they can also do that and grandchildren like peppy grandmas).
There is nothing wrong or paranoid or pathological in trying to remain youthful and attractice for as long as we can. Whey shall we "act our age?" For whom? Society? I think society can stand the strains of the results of wanton individual self-expression. "Do no harm," but be yourself as much as you can understand what that is. Death comes all too soon. What balm is acquiescing logic? "Oh well, we all get old and die. Might as well start now." Indeed, logic can serve us only so far, although of course it should not be abandoned altogether.
Rather, a search for the soul in all things, yearning to be free, will result, I believe, in a more sane society that is dying to be rescued from ideas and mores anchored in the past century. Because, in addition to the joy of expressing the soul, and maybe more important, in a kazantzaki-ish way (Zorba, Report to Greco), is the search for that expression. The joy is in the ascent, not necessarily in the end result.
My father once told me "the times allow of different expression." To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes).
So let it be with us. We are the result of a long line of women, not who suffered, but who responded to the times.
Don't give up the ship. Do not go gently into that good night. Neither a living example nor a martyr. "Just do it!" CARPE BELLY-UM. --Rhea