Did you know that Julia Child was fifty when she launched The French Chef? She created the celebrity chef, a title now mostly held by men. She is probably responsible for the success of public TV. Imagine what can be accomplished by a middle aged or older woman today? Are thinking women even defined by these terms of age or youth? I know we are a society that worships at the altar of youth and certain women will go to the ends of the earth to attain eternal beauty, I recently had a woman wanting to purchase cow placenta as a restorative (another story and no I didn't sell it to her).
Maybe it is a blessing never to have been endowed with beautiful perfect looks. Maybe women like Julia, six foot three and a bit odd looking, had to be brave, smart, and willing to try anything with potential of failure. That is why aging is not so scary. It is only our shell, the part of the oyster that you throw away, so what is to worry about the ridges .
I just turned 49, an age that I could not even fathom in my youth, but I feel the next big thing around every corner. I actually feel success is deserved not something that fell in my lap as I did in my twenties. More importantly I feel no validation, or lack there of, in success or failure. I am wise enough to look at both as a curious thing that is happening on a slide under a microscope. It is not even detachment I feel but analytical amusement. These are the true beauties of age.
Trading her stilettos for muck boots, Aissa O’Neil left a successful career as a fashion designer in NYC to pursue farming full time in 2001. After years of study and apprenticeships in cheesemaking she opened her on-farm creamery 2013.