Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

Most women spend hours of their time and thou­sands of euro an­nu­ally in pur­suit of anti-age­ing. What is it about grow­ing older that scares us so much: Slow­ing down, feel­ing lonely, be­ing less mo­bile? Yet these are all things that can be em­braced rather than feared. On page 36, Lucy Fry ex­plains why get­ting older can bring many won­der­ful things to your life. Self-con­scious­ness makes way for con­fi­dence and self-aware­ness as we reach an age at which we’ve re­alised our lim­i­ta­tions and fi­nally ac­cepted our­selves. Ex­pe­ri­ence also leads to bet­ter cog­ni­tive per­for­mance, mean­ing you be­come more mo­ti­vated with an im­proved fo­cus. So next time you’re about to com­plain about age­ing, re­mem­ber you’re not just get­ting older, you’re also get­ting bet­ter. The rise of fe­male co­me­di­ans in Ire­land has breathed fresh life into the genre here. One of the most im­pres­sive voices in the rev­o­lu­tion has been Ali­son Spit­tle, who has de­servedly been given her own sit­com on RTÉ, Nowhere Fast, which starts this week. On page 32, Ali­son tells how she has worked ex­tremely hard to get her work recog­nised and has some ster­ling ad­vice for any­one who wants to get ahead: Ask for things you’re not ready for, as that way, you’ll pres­sure your­self to­wards suc­cess. The Bord Gais En­ergy Ir­ish Book Awards has an­nounced the short­lists for this year’s cel­e­bra­tions. See page 42 for the six au­thors in the cook­book sec­tion – and find out how you can vote.

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