In this extract Betty Watson talks about the wisdom that she has learned through her life experiences and through her return to education as an adult. She says that the best thing about being older is that you can be more direct about things.

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And what do you think is the best thing about being older?

Getting away with a lot. People you know…first of all you get away with a lot…you can be more eh direct about things, you don’t have to build up to it or...for me being an older woman I can…of course it’s part of me personality too, when I was younger I was too direct, you know? Then I had, when I did all the studying and all the learning, I learned to construct what I say rather than to say something and then construct it after, cause once it’s said you can’t take it back construct what I’m doing….so I’ve learnt that too…so I now know that I can get up and say, object to something in a much more objective way...acceptable way, instead of getting up and saying “well it isn’t good enough, I’m living there and they’re coming in and out…” I’ve a whole new way of saying that, you know? And also that like...I found out too, you’re representing somebody else too, and when you’re representing other people it can’t be me or I so that’s another thing like when you’re representing, you have to do the best for other people if your representing a group, however big or small, or even representing yourself and your family...your own case, you look at it in a different way


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Ageing, Wisdom and Experience



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"Betty Watson talks about the wisdom that she has gained through her life experiences.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #155 (accessed February 21 2018, 7:21 am)