Please enjoy getting to know Walker Thornton from Charlottesville, Virginia.
Author, public speaker.
What are you passionate about right now?
I’m passionate about helping women navigating aging and sexuality. I talk to groups about how we can reshape our attitudes about who we are at this time in life. And how we approach our sense of self as sexual beings.
What’s the most important thing you do every day?
Write in my journal. That’s where I capture the highs and lows and where I discover things about myself.
Who do you think is the best role model for Aging Boldly and why?
Frances McDormand. She is a skilled actor who is confidently flaunting the conventions that women have to show up as “beautiful” in order to be recognized. Sharp, extremely talented, with a sense of humor and a deep comfort in her own skin.
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
I’ll get my inspiration from the Isley Brothers: “It’s your thing. Do what you wanna do…”
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
I loved Circe, by Madeline Miller. It is a retelling of the Circe story from Greek mythology, updated to show a fiercely independent woman and her life. Beautifully written. I’m watching “Killing Eve“and think Sandra Oh is a fabulous actor.
What countries are on your bucket list?
Greece, England (again), Germany, Spain. For starters.
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
I’m not sure. I think about that sometimes and it would depend on what kind of lifestyle I wanted as I continue to age. Maybe a community of like-minded folks in England? Or maybe here in the U.S.
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
By pledging money to efforts I support, like Planned Parenthood. And by trying to be very careful about the news sources I read.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
I’ll be edging up on 75 and envision a life where I’m still working with women, writing, reading and developing my painting skills.
What would you tell your younger self?
Speak up more and push through the barriers presented by your polite Southern upbringing. Don’t rush to marry; get to know yourself a bit more.