softening the blows

by rantywoman

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.