Feb 9, 2021
Valerie Albarda suggests we enjoy the midlife and skip the crisis.
She has a podcast she calls Midlife-A-Go-Go, filled with interviews, stories and testaments of mid-lifers exploring their worlds, enjoying their lives and making changes that matter to us all.
Valerie recently gave a TEDxCharlotte talk titled The Invisibility Trifecta: Coming Out of the Shadows. In this talk, she discusses midlife invisibility and the intersection with aging, sexism and racism. She asks us to consider how the experience of being a black woman in midlife is different and challenging: I want people to be more aware of black and other midlife women of color in society; to make room for us at the table; to show us respect; to acknowledge the value of our life experience.
Now, Valerie faces another challenge, a diagnosis of Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
Through it all she is a storyteller, an advisor and an activist. We experienced her as both playful and formidable, a very potent mix.
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