I can remember turning 25, admittedly a few years ago now, and being shocked to find that I was no longer classed as a young creative – that label is for the 18-24 bracket. But what if you’re in your 30s, 40s or 50s and still haven’t found your life’s calling or true passion? What if you’ve gone from job to job, trying to make ends meet, raising your children, with no time to explore your creativity?
A Glorious Freedom* by Lisa Congdon is a stunning collection of profiles, interviews and essays by older women who know what it’s like to grow old gracefully, graciously and to stick their middle finger up to society’s norms and stereotypes while they’re at it.
Can we just take a minute to appreciate how freaking gorgeous this cover is?!
And the contents are so beautifully illustrated and designed. It’s definitely a book to savour.
A Glorious Freedom features so many inspiring stories, including women who found their passion late in life, embracing being single in your forties, going au natural and even a woman who became the highest ranked female judo master in the world at 98!
When you’re a kid your parents tell you that you can be whatever you want to be but as you get older you become a bit more realistic – you take less chances and settle cos girl gotta pay dem bills. But A Glorious Freedom is a much-needed reminder that, actually, you can do anything. You’ve just gotta have a bit of patience, determination and a whole load of passion. This is definitely a book I’ll be sharing with friends and family and it makes a great Christmas gift, encouraging bad-ass women to start the new year with some fantastic goals.
If this is what it means to grow older, to feel confident, empowered and give less fucks, then bring it on!
*I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes but all thoughts are my own