Aging is living, ergo, anti-aging is bullsh-t
Author Karen Walrond is fomenting joyful rebellion against ageist cultural messages and the powerful anti-aging indu$try that profits from them. And she's calling to us to join her.
There’s much to love about Sara’s flamethrower of a rant, but a single word caused me forward it to my friend, author. That word is radiance.
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Let’s address radiance, shall we?
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Associating “radiance” with “youth” is just one of the linguistic tricks employed by the anti-aging industry to stoke our dread and fear of aging.
In her new book, RADIANT REBELLION: Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy and Raise a Little Hell (affiliate link1), Karen takes on this manipulative dynamic with a joyful-yet-powerful call to action rooted in what we already intuitively know:
Aging is living, and we — not predatory corporations — choose how we approach it.
I’m all for Karen’s pushback against the language of “decline.” I have a similar desire to consign the phrase “empty nesting” to the dustbin of history. Such diminishing language connotes barrenness and uselessness, which, to me, smells heavily of patriarchy.
Karen and I have talked about parenting, writing and life for years so I can tell you with confidence that RADIANT REBELLION isn’t simply a midlife manifesto. It’s the distillation of Karen’s own approach to living a joy- and purpose-filled life in the face of inevitable challenge (such as losing her family’s home and belongings to Hurricane Harvey) and the relentless drumbeat of ageist cultural messaging.
RADIANT REBELLION is no “you go girl” pep rally, nor is it a rage-filled screed. Karen’s buoyant storytelling soothes without sugar-coating, and lights a flame without burning everything down.
This book is also a masterful collection of conversations with folks who are, in their own ways, “aging against the machine.” You’ll recognize several names (including mine), and you’ll also meet folks you may not already know, including nutritionists, activists, writers, and Karen’s parents, Kermitt and Yvette, to whom she dedicated the book. I’ve met them in person, and let me tell you, they outshine me by about 1000 megawatts.
Most importantly, Karen’s book is a practical and intelligent handbook for mapping out your next chapter with joy and a sense of agency.
I believe Karen’s book will truly change how we think and talk about aging. So I invite you to pick up a copy of RADIANT REBELLION for yourself or a friend.
Sales during the first week after publication nudge a book closer to a spot on the New York Times Bestseller list which opens doors to even greater impact. Let’s help Karen get there!
If you’re in Houston, TX, meet Karen (and Kermitt and Yvette!!) at 7pm TONIGHT at the Radiant Rebellion Launch Party at Blue Willow Books. Details for all events (including a virtual launch party) at radiantrebellion.com
Listen to Karen talk with friends Doug French and Magda Pecsenye about RADIANT REBELLION on Episode 18 of thepodcast.
Karen is also a guest on The Good Life Project, the fabulous, long-running podcast by Jonathan Fields.
If you need more convincing about Karen’s ability to get you out of your seat, listen to a Spotify playlist she pulled together to celebrate the book launch.