softening the blows
I was told I could never have children. Then, in my late thirties, I miraculously got pregnant. I had two more children after that. Being a mother has made it easier to accept disappointments in my career and to deal with growing older. Now I have fun watching my kids try to figure out their lives, but I’m also always looking forward to my own next phase. — David Hutchings interview with Susan Sarandon, October 2012 More magazine, p. 26
As any woman who is nearing or over forty and childless knows, we (probably) won’t get the late-life miracle of children to soften the blows of aging and career disappointment. We have to face them head-on.
Perhaps, in some ways, that puts us ahead. We’re on to the next phase already.