Bolder is on a mission to change perceptions about growing older. The site, which launched in 2015, is run by friends and former colleagues Dominique Afacan and Helen Cathcart, a writer and photographer respectively.
“We started Bolder because, whisper it, we were scared of getting old. Such a cliché, but there you have it. Old age to us was an unhappy place, mostly filled with loneliness, rocking chairs and possibly some tea and biscuits, if we were lucky.
Both in our mid thirties, our lives were vibrant, energetic, filled with travel, friends, new experiences, love and liveliness. When was old age going to knock on the door and tell us the fun was over? About 70, we reckoned, and together, we set about finding people in that bracket who made old age look more appealing. Bolder was born.
Pretty soon, we realised there is never a knock on the door. Old age doesn’t just ‘happen’ one day. Ageing is a constant for all of us, every minute, every hour, every day. And…gasp, it can be fun. The deadline on our happiness, we now realise, is an illusion. One of our interviewees fell in love and married, aged 82. Another swims a mile in the Med every morning, aged 85. Nearly all of them are still working or creating in some way. And so many of them cite the happiest age of their lives as now, not then.
That’s what Bolder is about, and that’s why we launched it. We champion people over the age of 70 who are still creating, inspiring or working. We want to change perceptions about growing older.
Our interviewees do that job for us. So read on and learn How to Grow Older – from those who know.