In a recent New York Times interview, actress Frances McDormand, who produced and starred in the Olive Kitteridge series about a maturing woman, vented her frustration at our society’s rejection of aging. “There’s no desire to be an adult,” she says. “Adulthood is not a goal. It’s not seen as a gift. Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 — sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face.”
McDormand goes on to argue that society should revere age for the wisdom that accompanies it, yet we try our best to deny we’re aging at all. She’s conducted numerous other interviews with the same message.