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I will be turning 40 later this year. But the people around me have let me down. They have done so by robbing me of an entire year of my life. The 39th year of my life. The year that I am currently living. My current age. In their heads, I have already turned 40. So now, I am more intent on reappropriating my 39th year. I refuse to be 40 when I am technically 39. And it's not just a number. It's a darned fact.
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The decision to cast an older actress as Bond girl, to my mind, is almost a paradigm shift. It shows an attempt at deliberate and conscious inclusiveness of women who stand outside of our society's definition of "acceptable". Just as the pivotal character of M could be a woman, so can a 50-year-old woman seduce a perpetually 40-ish James Bond.
I see divorced partners renewing ties, college friends who drifted apart coming together to celebrate late milestones and rival professionals burying the hatchet once most of the race is over.
When I was twenty-three years old my mother died. I had spent most of my college years dreading that moment, as the weekend I started classes at university she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.