Gail Forrer, group editor Seniors Newspapers network.
Gail Forrer, group editor Seniors Newspapers network.

OPINION: Talking about love and the real deal

AH, THE age of generational disruption. The world of post 55-year-old is not the world we were told it would be.

Who would have thought that love would ever be so inclusive, so real and so rich, so multi-coloured?

Most of us, raised by conventional thinking post-WWII parents, had little idea that waves of women's liberation movements would take us on a ride into workplace and educational places our mothers could only have dreamed of, that traditional teachings of religious institutions would be questioned and more than often abandoned by many of us, that we would be the first generation to use contraception in the form of the pill and grapple with its consequences.

Many of our generation were at the start of the lightening fast ride into social, cultural and educational changes and along with these advances, there has been a wider acknowledgement of various human identities and relationships.

Once, unmarried mothers were destined to adopt, there wasn't any choice.

People who suffered from dyslexia were thought to be of low intelligence, we didn't know better.

Myths abounded that placed left-handed people on the wrong side of Godliness. There was absolute belief in the righteousness of religious orders.

Let's face it there was a lot of unfounded and ridiculous beliefs.

Because, as I have said before, I am a glass half full sort of person, I have ensured this issue is full of love, without bias or prejudice. Indeed, where now and again you can perhaps reflect and think - "Yes, good idea", or "I feel like that too".

There's enough bad feeling in the world, I trust this month, in this publication, there's a little bit of love for everyone.


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