If you believe the movies, aging is a pretty depressing concept. According to Hollywood, we are like shooting stars – we are born, shine brightly, fall to earth and quickly fade into nothingness. This is one of the reasons that I am so happy that celebrities are starting to speak out on age-related issues.

Celebrities Are Starting to Challenge Ageism

In a recent interview, Madonna showed that, when it comes to ageism, she’s ready for a fight. Separately, Antonio Banderas argued that society influences Hollywood by creating social conventions that support ageism.

These are welcome statements. After all, we need people from all walks of life to stand up and say that ageism is not acceptable.

At the same time, you don’t need to get angry about ageism to change perceptions about aging. Sometimes, just sharing how much you love getting older can make a difference. Take Dustin Hoffman, for instance.

Dustin Hoffman’s Star is Shining Brighter than Ever

In a recent interview with the Globe and Mail newspaper, Dustin Hoffman said, “There are great parts to aging… Being around longer than other people, you can’t help but have a certain amount of wisdom.”

Ok, this isn’t exactly a profound statement. Of course, wisdom increases with age. At the same time, in a world that expects older people to be invisible, ever public comment about the positive side of aging is important.

At 77, Dustin Hoffman’s star is only getting brighter with age. In 2016, those of us with grandkids will hear his distinctive voice in Kung Fu Panda 3, in which he is the voice of Master Shifu. I hope that he continues to follow his passions and challenge aging stereotypes in the years ahead.

What Do You Love About Getting Older?

I’d love to hear what you think about this. Do you agree with celebrities like Dustin Hoffman, Madonna and Antonio Banderas that we should embrace positive aging? What is one thing that you like about getting older?

Do you appreciate the wisdom that life has taught you? Are you becoming more comfortable in your own skin as the years pass?

Whether you are 50 or 80, aging is something to be celebrated. Like real stars, we deserve to shine brightly for as long as our energy lets us. We deserve to be visible.

Please let us know what you love about getting older in the comments.

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