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The Double Standard of Aging…

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“How old are you?” The person asking the question is anybody. The respondent is a woman, a woman “of a certain age,” as the French say discreetly. That age might be anywhere from her early twenties to her late fifties. If the question is impersonal-routine information requested when she applies for a driver’s license, a credit card, a passport-she will probably force herself to answer truthfully. Filling out a marriage license application, if her future husband is even slightly her junior, she may long to subtract a few years; probably she won’t. Competing for a job, her chances often partly depend on being the “right age,” and if hers isn’t right, she will lie if she think she can get away with it. Making her first visit to a new doctor, perhaps feeling particularly vulnerable at the moment she’s asked, she will probably hurry through the correct answer. But if the question is only what people call personal-if she’s asked by a new friend, a casual acquaintance, a neighbor’s child, a co-worker in an office, store, factory-her response is harder to predict. She may side-step the question with a joke or refuse it with playful indignation. “Don’t you know you’re not supposed to ask a woman her age?” Or, hesitating a moment, embarrassed but defiant, she may tell the truth. Or she may lie. But neither truth, evasion, nor lie relieves the unpleasantness of that question. For a woman to be obliged to state her age, after a “certain age,” is always a miniature ordeal.

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The Rut, & the Way Out from the Zen Habits Blog

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Post written by Leo Babauta.

You’re in a rut, and you can’t get unstuck.

Motivation is a resource that seems harder and harder to come by these days. You’re mired in malaise, you’re unexcited after a slump or a break, you’re in a dull 9-to-5 routine.

Any of these sound familiar?

If so, you’re not alone. I’ve been in these kinds of ruts, often, and sometimes for embarrassingly extended periods. While it doesn’t happen much these days, as I’m excited about everything I do, I’m no stranger to the rut. I was stuck in one for a couple years once, until I felt the rut wasn’t something I was in, but was me.

What is the way out? How do you start along this way if you don’t have motivation to start with?
I’ve found that the best way out of a rut is with the smallest step possible. But that step can result in more than you realize.

What if that smallest step is to announce a major challenge? In my recent past I’ve announced 30 days of yoga, writing a novel in 30 days, and some grueling physical challenges. In years past I’ve announced that I’m going to run a marathon, do a triathlon, start a blog, give up my car, give up meat, and so on.

Here’s the thing: the first step wasn’t to take on a major challenge. It was simply announcing it. And announcing something is really really easy. Doing it is much harder, but once you’ve announced it, you have some momentum, and you’re committed to a direction. Making the announcement only takes the moving of your lips and some hot air, or the typing of your fingers while your email program is open, and let’s face it, you do those things even when you’re in a rut.

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Five-Minute Workout

Five-Minute Workout

 

Five-Minute Workout

Let’s be honest — during the hectic holidays, you probably skip working out. A lot. You’re not alone. In fact, nearly half of all women pass on exercise when life gets busy (while only 20 percent reduce work-related duties), according to a 2007 survey by the National Sleep Foundation. Here’s the catch: Exercise can help you make it through this jam-packed season. It increases energy, defuses stress, promotes better sleep, and strengthens immunity. So what’s a time-strapped woman to do?

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For The Good of the Whole

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What Is Your Ego

Telling You to Do?

by Beth Maynard Green

 

My ego says this blog should be on the front page of The Huffington Post. And if it were, even that wouldn’t be enough, because even if it were on the front page, it wouldn’t be up long enough or in a prominent enough position for total ego satisfaction. Or even if it were, my ego wouldn’t be satisfied because I didn’t get enough “likes” or comments, or the comments weren’t positive enough. Or something. My ego tells me that I need to be important. Where does your ego position you?
Our egos certainly have a way of dominating our inner and outer conversations. They tell us that we are different — better or worse, smarter or dumber, better-looking or uglier, sicker or more athletic, wiser, more cunning, more compassionate, more in need, more stupid, more “right,” more something than others, or at least we should be. And we need to prove that it’s true and be acknowledged as such. And our egos can be sly. Some of us have egos that tell us we’re nothing, yet we are secretly judging others. Some of us have egos that announce to others that we’re nothing, so that we can protect ourselves from their judgments.

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