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Crow and Etheridge: Friends and Survivors - AARP

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♪ music ♪ [AARP Real Possibilities] [SHERYL CROW & MELISSA ETHERIDGE] [PHOTOGRAPHED BY NINO MUÑOZ] [Melissa Etheridge] ♪ Do you mind if I sit down next to you? ♪ ♪ Yeah, I remember you from school. ♪ ♪ You seem to have a good heart. ♫ Fifty-two—yeah, I love being fifty-two. Fifty-two is past— sort of the angsty stuff, like when you worry about what other people think about you and how you look and if you said this right. When you really get to the point of, oh, I'm living my life for me— this is my life— what a revelation that is. [Sheryl Crow] We've had a great run, and now that we're 50, we have sort of earned the right to make the kind of music that we want to make and to say and talk about the things that we want to talk about, and also, we get to raise our kids without thinking about what we're missing or feeling any sort of ambitious angst. [Melissa Etheridge] I think both of us have come away with—going through the experience of cancer— with a greater sense of self. [Sheryl Crow] Breast issues may very closely correlate to not allowing other people to nurture you and nourish you, and as a woman, we come in with that job. That's a self-appointed job to nurture and nourish and raise our children on the breast, and then we don't take care of ourselves. I had to really learn how to put myself at the top of the pile of people I took care of instead of at the bottom. [Melissa Etheridge] Women who find out they have cancer— it's a common thing that these are very successful women— women who have been out— or even just successful as a mother or successful as—that you have given of yourself so much, then you start finding—wait a minute— I have to take care of myself. And then I have joy in my life, that what I am putting my attention to is bringing me joy. Joy—it's important for us to be happy, and it's important for us to find that. ♪ You really shouldn't drive, you've had too much to drink. ♪ ♪ You shouldn't be alone, all you're going to do is think. ♪ ♪ So take my number, or I can take you home. ♫ I'm learning more about myself as I parent my children— the things I want to protect my children from, the things I want to expose them to. It's an amazing journey. [Sheryl Crow] That changes the dynamic of everything, when a child comes in, and that becomes your— the thing that defines every decision and every bit of travel that you do, what your day's going to look like, it's the first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing you think of at night. For me, it informs my art— it informs what I want to write about, how I perceive the world now, and the sense of urgency that I have about the issues that are important to me. So it's about setting an example of how to be present in a day and age when everybody's not present, you know? [Melissa Etheridge] Yeah, and it does—it affects my writing. It's so funny—all those songs that I wrote before I had kids— now my teenagers are like, "Mom." They're finally listening to the songs, they're like, "You were a stalker." I'm like—how'd you get here, you know? [Sheryl Crow] ♪ I can't take it anymore. ♪ ♪ Just give it to me. ♪ ♪ Give it to me. ♫ [Melissa Etheridge] When I look forward to the things that I'm looking forward to doing and when I look forward to my future and things that I want, I realize that our generation was the one that benefited immediately from the feminist movement in the 60s and 70s. The whole movement of acceptance, of breaking out of different molds, that we now benefit, as women, we were one of the first generations of women—yeah, Stevie Nicks is right there, but they're just ten years older than us. And we are really making it up as we go along now. And understand that we, then, are inspiring a whole other generation of women. So as long as we can go, let's go. I look forward to everything that's coming. [Sheryl Crow] One of the things I'm looking forward to most really is summer with my kids and taking them out of the road, because there's only a finite amount of time, as you know, and I'm— >> [Melissa Etheridge] Will they enjoy the bunk? [Sheryl Crow] Enjoy the bunk, and come fall, when my oldest is in first grade, they don't get to just pick up and go on the road and miss school. So I'm really looking forward to just having them and their juicy age and getting to take them to water parks and act like an idiot. [Melissa Etheridge] Oh, that's so much fun. >> [Sheryl Crow] I know, it's great. A fifty-year-old going down a waterslide— there is nothing— [Melissa Etheridge] You and I— >> [Sheryl Crow] —hotter than that. ♪ Give it to me. ♪ ♪ Give it to me. ♪ ["GIVE IT TO ME" written and performed by SHERYL CROW] ["TAKE MY NUMBER" written and performed by MELISSA ETHERIDGE] [PRODUCED BY CAITLIN E. PETERS] [VIDEO BY ADAM GROSSMAN]

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Duration: 5 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
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Views: 36
Posted by: aarp on Sep 22, 2014

The country icons share how it feels to be 50-plus, how their lives evolved after cancer, and how motherhood has changed them in all the right ways.

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