— Lateef Abdullah (@Thynative) June 1, 2015
We’re not exactly sure how Jessica Lange feels about the comparison, because she hadn’t yet seen the pictures when Kevin Fallon of the Daily Beast told her that her name, along with Caitlyn’s, was trending on Twitter (Fallon also had to explain to her what Twitter was.)
On a more serious note, I’ve noticed a number of people — after both Bruce Jenner’s farewell interview with Diane Sawyer and now, after Caitlyn’s debut — questioning why anyone would make this change at age 65. There seems to be some perception that it’s “too late.” But life ain’t over till it’s over, you know? People can have decades left at 65. And, if it turns out they don’t have that much time, it’s even more important to take action to live life on your terms. As Caitlyn told Vanity Fair:
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.”
Personally, I’ve found that it’s easier to “be me” the older I get. I was talking about this last night with someone who was seven years older than I am, as well as another person who was seven years younger. We all agreed that in our 40s — with the benefit of experience and the loss of a 20-something’s sense of immortality — we realized it was time to stop putting up with other people’s crap, including their expectations of us. Acceptance of self: It’s the consolation prize for aging!
UPDATED TO ADD: Of course, I have to add this 2009 clip from Family Guy (Note: the original tweet had the year wrong).
— ShitWhitePeopleRuin (@PeopleRuin) June 2, 2015