Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.



  • bondage – the state of being a slave
  • servitude – the state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful
  • eternally – in a way that continues or lasts forever; permanently
  • grudge – a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury
  • put up with  – tolerate; endure


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • What does Isabel Allende want to do with her life? How old is she? (pause @ 0:57)
  • What does Isabel say about ageing? Who decides when we start ageing? Why do we tend to feel younger than we really are? (pause @ 2:18)
  • What does Ram Dass say about dependancy? What attitude should we adopt towards it? (pause @ 2:52)
  • What has Isabel gained with age? (pause @ 4:20)
  • How does Isabel stay passionate?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

When ________ we start aging? Society decides when we are old, usually around 65, ________ we get Medicare,but we really start ageing ________ birth. We are aging right now, and we all experience it differently. We all feel younger than our real age, because the spirit never ages. I ________ still 17. Sophia Loren. Look at her. She says that everything you see she owes ________  spaghetti. I tried it and gained 10 pounds in the wrong places.But attitude, aging is also attitude and health. But my real mentor in this journey of aging is Olga Murray.This California girl ________ 60 started working in Nepal to save young girls from domestic bondage. At 88, she ________ saved 12,000 girls, and she has changed the culture in the country. (Applause) Now it is illegal for fathers to sell their daughters into servitude. She has also founded orphanages and nutritional clinics.She is always happy and eternally young.


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