Kathleen Rooney, Poet, Professor, Novelist, 40.
"My gray hair is not a sign of decline or an indication that I am breaking and need to be repaired. I try every day to remember that there’s more to life than trying to be a “likeable” woman.
When I get upset at the state of the world…one thing that always helps just a little bit is to think: maybe I can’t fix that massive systemic problem all by myself, but I can make a difference in my immediate personal sphere. I do believe that I’m providing just one positive example in a landscape that lacks them…I hope at least a few women see me and think, “If she can do it, maybe I can.
When I was younger, I used to think gray hair smelled like smoke because my Grandpa Tom had lovely silver hair and would come in from smoking outside and when I’d hug him, I’d think “That’s his gray hair!” I realized well before I got my own gray hair that this was, of course, not the case, but a joy I find in my gray hair comes with remembering him and all the other older people whose gray hair I’ve admired over the years."