Yes! You read that right. Remember some time ago I mentioned that the hot flashes seemed to have faded into the background, so much so, that now they were barely noticeable. Guess what, they’re now back in full flashing force. They’ve also brought their aunts, uncles, second and third cousins from out of town. So now at random times throughout the day I am drenched in sweat and cotton sundresses are my new go-to.

But enough of that.

Let’s talk about being too old to learn. Currently I’m a postgraduate student at university and luckily for all postgraduate students, there’s a shuttle service that takes students to and from the university. I’m not sure if it’s because of perimenopause but in the last ten years or so I get terrible anxiety when I drive on the highway.  So I decided to use the shuttle provided to sort out some administrative issues since I am a student, or at least so I thought. Mind you, I’ve used this shuttle several times in the past with no issue except that it was never on time. In my opinion I looked the part of student, bespectacled, clad in tee-shirt, jeans and of course, you guessed it, my crocs. – A load of Croc!

I was already waiting in line for at least two hours, and so, was relieved when I finally saw the bus approaching. I took out my ticket to show the driver and he barked, “You is a student?” I was so taken aback by his churlishness I was dumbfounded for a bit.

He continued to bark at me, “You have your ID?” Thank God I had it in my bag and showed it to him. By now the entire bus was staring at me, as though I was on a most wanted list.

I sheepishly walked to the nearest seat, wondering why I was being treated as a second-class citizen. I was made to feel as though I was too old to learn. Are only young persons allowed to pursue tertiary education? Needless to say I was visibly upset and shaken up about this. Although my mother’s milk drained from my cheeks a long time ago, it does not mean I should be discriminated against for continuing my studies.

It made me think about all the persons who are mentally and physically challenged, the elderly, the vulnerable individuals in society and the discrimination they face in their daily lives; when in fact, they should be treated with more thoughtfulness and consideration.

As we go about our day to day, let’s spare a thought and lend a hand when we can and just be kind.

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