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“What many middle-aged men fear most are young girls and brave women”

“What many middle-aged men fear most are brave young girls and women who dare to speak up for themselves and fight for it. Sweden’s Greta Thunberg, Pakistan’s Malala and Iceland’s Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir are examples of this. Thanks to all the young people I associate with, I am a particular fan of young people who dare to point out the mistakes of my generation, and there is certainly enough to be done,” says Jón Óðinn Waage, mentor of children with behavioral problems and former judo coach, in a column on

He says himself that he is going to be 60 years old, that individuals will be middle-aged at 35 and will remain so until 58, after which they will be old.

“But age is just a number, it’s how you think that counts,” says Jón Óðinn, the son of a single mother who he says worked three jobs to support the children. children.

“And did not forget to fight for the rights of others at the same time. So those who fight for the rights of poor single mothers are definitely part of my team. But many of my brothers seem to see all the worst in the three I mentioned above. It’s completely incomprehensible to me.”

Jón Óðinn remembers being at Arlanda airport in Stockholm with his adopted daughter. A man his age who was sitting next to him saw Jón Óðinn watching the news about Greta Thunberg. “And since we were around the same age, he thought there was every chance that I would share my opinions with him. He pointed to my phone and said that Greta was now more of a bully,” says Jón Óðinn .

Jón Óðin’s adopted daughter had recently led a school strike in their hometown in support of Greta Thunberg.

“Fifteen minutes ago he stood up, thanked us profusely for opening his mind, now he’s seen things in a completely different light. I think he meant it, but maybe he was avoiding her.

And to you dear brothers my age, if my writing has offended you, I know exactly how you feel, because that’s how I felt in the gym when they called me retired.”

The column can be read in its entirety at

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