The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly
Life Wisdom from Someone Who Will (Probably) Die Before You
by Margareta Magnusson
The author of this title wrote a first book about “Swedish Death Cleaning.” In essence, this means that we should be responsible for our “stuff” and not leave it for others to take care of for us once we are no longer alive. Now, she has a book of reflections on growing older.
Ms. Magnusson is a delightful guide in this book which is filled with her own line drawings. She writes essays about many aspects of getting older. For example, in the very first chapter, she writes about the joys of keeping up with friends whether virtually or in real time. One of my favorite writings was the one called “The World is Always Ending;” readers are reminded that it often feels this way and yet we keep going. Examples from the author’s life include her experiences during WWII, a time when her son might have been lost at sea and more. She acknowledges our resilience during the worst of times even now with Covid.
Other chapters have to do with everything from being a volunteer to taking care of one’s hair. Another piece that I liked was titled”Don’t Fall Over and Other Practices.”
The author is certainly aware of her age as she continues to live her life, just as she feels that we all need to do. She offers much wisdom to readers as we consider how to best live our lives.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Scribner for this title. All opinions are my own.