‘To sacrifice the marker of experience for the sake of vanity is to sacrifice authenticity for the sake of approval.’
– Gordon Carpenter
Experience is the strongest cultural currency we hold. But many of us fear aging, less because it marks a march towards death, but moreso for a fear of irrelevance, a perceived ‘loss’ of youth (which explains our cultural obsession with extending youthfulness).
We currently have access to one of the largest, most experienced demographics of elders in human history; yet, we have accidentally (or incidentally) forgotten about them. However, through the wisdom of their lived experiences, if we but reconnect to them, listen to them, learn from them, we can all learn how to age, better.
It is with gratitude for this world of earned wisdom that we present UNDO Issue 9 : The Age Issue.
This issue centers personal essays & features on fitness, health, nutrition, community, + mental health through a modern gray lens, shared by the innovators & minds that earned those very greys.
We are honored to have such notable features including Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, world-renowned Vogue photographer David Stewart, former Wu-Tang manager Sophia Chang, art curator Larry Osei-Mensah, legendary beauty consultant Ricky Kenig, Boost Mobile founder Craig Cooper and so many legendary figures in the next issue. Featuring international supermodel model Lono Brazil shot by the legendary Marc Baptiste on front cover; this is a collection of history.
To quote Anna Marie Wood, ‘When you know that aging is nothing more than a marker of what we’ve accomplished, who has graced our lives, the studies we have absorbed, and the loves we have had along the way, then aging is just a number. A ticket we can take, or not.’
This issue is your ticket for the art of living.
Take the ticket. Age with us, with grace.
Written by Jason E.C. Wright