Why Did I Come into This Room?: A Candid Conversation about Aging
Why Did I Come into This Room? is a funny “What to Expect When You're Expecting” for the aging woman.
“I’m too old for Snapchat, but too young for Life Alert.”
In her most candid and revealing book yet, acclaimed broadcast journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into the various phases of aging that leave many feeling uncomfortable, confused, and on edge. In her hilarious book, Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. After all, laughing is better than crying—unless it makes you pee! Whether you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or more, this book is full of helpful information to embrace—or at least prepare for—the inevitable.
Funny, captivating, and raw, no topic is off limits. Lunden goes where others fear to tread, openly talking about wrinkles and age spots (which Lunden insists are sunspots), expanding waistlines (no, you didn’t shrink your jeans), diminished energy (my get-up-and-go got up and went), weak pelvic floors (yes, we’re talking about leaking), hot flashes (they suck), disrupted sleep (the morning host is an expert on lack of sleep), changes in sex drive (oh yeah, she goes there), ageism (it exists and it pisses us off), and yes, the real reasons we suddenly find ourselves always searching for those car keys!
Through her poignant and often laugh out loud funny personal experiences, Lunden candidly shares her anxieties and breakthroughs and how she’s coping with the realities of aging. She’s talking about the good, the bad and the ugly, elevating the conversation on topics often considered “taboo.”
Why Did I Come into This Room? also explores the science of aging, including how it impacts the body and brain, while dispelling myths and revealing useful options to stave off the aging process as long as possible.
Even more importantly, Lunden goes beyond the physical aspects of aging by closely examining the mental and emotional minefields that come with our advancing years. As she explores the value of asking ourselves important questions including, “Am I still relevant?”, “Do I have meaningful friendships?”, and “Am I leaving an impactful legacy?” Lunden also examines the freedom in “letting go,” the importance of managing stress, and how joy and a sense of purpose all play an impactful role in slowing the aging process.
In a society where youth is revered and aging feared, Why Did I Come into This Room? is the long-awaited tell-it-like-it-is guide for women of all ages. As Lunden says, “Aging ain’t for sissies…you better be prepared.”
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Stumbled across this very candid confessional, and found it very entertaining, in addition to being informative. We're addressing the core 'feminine' issues without moral platitudes here, and that helps the cause a lot! To say that empowerment is to call everyone a beauty (by physical standards), is dumb! And this bundle of humour certainly busts that myth. It seriously calls out to recognize that everyone isn't pretty, but can certainly strive to be beautiful. The basis of such sharp witticism is certainly the author's own experience as well as her long career in front of the camera, often rubbing shoulders with some of the industry's most glamourous!
This book serves the most depressing thing called ageing, with a generous slathering of hilarity, often leaving the reader feeling like 'Oh, I found my soulmate there!" or like "Gee! Someone else experiences the same problem of pee trickling down when they laugh too hard". As an author myself, I can say that it isn't easy to keep the wit and humour hanging right there, through a 300+ page long book, and that too, on lifestyle. It indicates that this is for you gals out there. Go, grab it!
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