Donald Hall On Growing Old And Our Cultural Attitude Toward The Elderly

Elderly Silhouette

I very much enjoyed this article written by Maria Popova over on Both comical and heartbreaking, the writer Donald Hall paints a bittersweet picture of old age.

‘- thirty was terrifying, forty I never noticed because I was drunk, fifty was best with a total change of life, sixty began to extend the bliss of fifty -‘

– Donald Hall

Even though I’m basically a child compared to the eighty-seven year old Donald Hall, I feel my age weighing more heavily with every day that passes. Reading this article made me wonder if my creativity would still sustain me if I reach that age. I can only hope that if I do make it that far, I’ll possess enough wit and love of the ironic to still be writing.

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Photo by Kevin Dooley licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.



  1. If you’re motivated by impending deadlines — and I do believe that most of us writers are — thinking of aging as an approaching deadline. You’ve got as much time as you’ve got, but you don’t know how much. Just know that there is a deadline, and it will get here eventually.

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