Doris Lessing: Middle-aged and anonymous

“All one’s life as a young woman one is on show, a focus of attention, people notice you. You set yourself up to be noticed and admired. And then, not expecting it, you become middle-aged and anonymous. No one notices you. You achieve a wonderful freedom. It’s a positive thing. You can move about unnoticed and invisible.”

—Doris Lessing, novelist, poet, playwright, Nobel laureate (22 Oct 1919-2013).