In Love with Life
No one can escape aging. To many, it feels like a disability and they see it as a trial. Inge diverges from this negativity and defies the traditional 'aging' box in both her appearance and physicality. Rather than looking away, heads turn when she passes by.
The attitude that one practices has a big impact on how they move through the last chapter of their lives. Unfortunately, many live in denial and see aging as a trial. They put their heads down and push through life with many regrets, rarely taking time to look up and 'smell the roses'.
I am hopeful that these images of Inge will stand as a metaphor to demystify aging and encourage the onlooker to continue to savor the 'joy' in everyday living. Viewing this series of images can provide a mirror and an intimate space for one to examine how they are embracing the oncoming years.
"When you see me sitting quietly, like a sack upon a shelf,
Don't think I need your chattering. I'm listening to myself.
Hold! Stop! Don't pity me! Hold! Stop your sympathy!
Understanding if you got it, otherwise I'll do without it!
When my bones are stiff and aching and my feet won't climb the stair,
I will only ask one favor: Don't bring me no rocking chair.
When you see me walking, stumbling, don't study and get it wrong.
'Cause tired don't mean lazy and every goodbye ain't gone.
I'm the same person I was back then, a little less hair, a little less chin,
A lot less lungs and much less wind.
But ain't I lucky I can still breathe in."
- Maya Angelou