More than 50 Shades of Grey

On a tour of one of the Historical Houses in Charleston last year, I noticed that in all family portraits, the hair of both parents was always painted grey or white. No matter how young or old they were. I was drawn to it with surprise while the tour guide explained how back then, grey hair WAS a sign of respect. Ha!

Grey hair IS a sign of respect. How come we forgot that?

Our grey hair, our wrinkles, are signs of aging and getting older which we’re working really hard to hide these days. They are also, as we seem to have forgotten, and more importantly, signs of wisdom and experience. How did we forget something our Founding Fathers knew? What changed?

I don’t know about you but when I look for advise, I want it from an older person, someone who ‘has been there, and done that’, someone with enough experience with life to know what’s important, and what’s not. Someone who can see the big picture. This can only be gained with time and experience.

What happened to change this perspective? Who would you take advise from?

Embrace your age and aging. Respect your wrinkles and Grey hair.

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