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Aging

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This Is Us

What it’s like to mourn the living

Watercolor-like illustration of a person standing on a snowy field with their back to the viewer, watching the sun set over a cluster of trees on the horizon.
Watercolor-like illustration of a person standing on a snowy field with their back to the viewer, watching the sun set over a cluster of trees on the horizon.
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This Is Us

I used to be known for personal writing. Now I can’t bear it.

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This Is Us

Aging is more joyful than we think

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This Is Us

Or, a meditation on accelerated aging


One day I’ll be identifiable only by my neck skin, flapping freely in the wind

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The irresistible fallacy of life-as-narrative

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Sometimes, autonomy is the greatest gift

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I’m afraid my family history of cancer will catch up with me — and that dementia will come for my husband

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Perhaps I should slow down. Then again, these scars tell my stories.

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