Monday, May 24, 2010


I am becoming more radical with age. I have noticed that writers, when they are old, become milder. But for me it is the opposite. Age makes me more angry.

~ Nawal El Saadawi ~

79-year-old Egyptian writer, activist, and one of the leading feminists of her generation. She is trained as a doctor, worked as a psychiatrist and university lecturer, and has published almost 50 novels, plays, and collections of short stories

I think I am having what she is having. It's not that I am more angry. I have less tolerance for that which is not right and true. Fortunately, I haven't completely lost my social skills. Yet, I am much less willing to keep my mouth shut when something needs fixin'.

I am beginning to shift from seeing "problems" to seeing potential, possibility, and opportunity. After all, if something isn't working any more, isn't that an opportunity to find new potential in the situation?

That's what I'm thinking.


paris parfait said...

My sentiments, exactly.

Anonymous said...

lol. i think i would have to agree!

Deb Shucka said...

I like your thinking. At my book group last night (four women well beyond middle age) we were talking about how much less tolerance we have for anything not true. And how much less we care what other people think about who we are. The more personal, the more universal. If we speak and know our own truth, it only adds to the greater truth.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Everything is an opportunity.

Joan said...

I'm right there with you!

Kathryn Grace said...

My feelings exactly. My mama used to say, long before she was as old as I am today, "I'm old. I can say what I want!"