Don't you just love Toyota's Venza commercials where adult children worry about their parents boring, unexciting lives while their parents are actually living it up with their friends? We are redefining what it means to grow old and discovering that aging is more about attitude than counting candles on a cake.
A trio of new books challenges us to rethink our attitudes on aging:
- Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen challenges conventional attitudes about aging by asking Why? Why do we buy into preconceived notions about what life should be like at a certain age? With warmth and humor, we are assured that we can have our cake and eat it, too!
- To create The Burning House: What Would You Take, photographer Foster Huntington traveled the world's back roads asking people, What would you take with you if your house was on fire? A fascinating compilation of comments, lists, and photos, the answers offer a personal peek into the human heart that will make you reconsider your own priorities.
- The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death by Harvard historian Jill Lepore takes readers on an extraordinary journey from birth to death. Exploring with dry wit the people and events that have shaped our perceptions of that journey over the past two centuries, the author cajoles us to reevaluate familiar beliefs and view life from a new perspective.