When we were kids, getting older seldom crossed our minds. We were too busy being involved in whatever we were doing at the moment. There came a certain time, though, that we began to look forward to getting older, because it meant additional freedoms and more exciting adventures.
At some point it began to mean something different to most of us. When did you notice that you had a changed attitude about aging? What did it represent to you then? What does it represent now? For some people, growing older means diminished possibilities and lost opportunities. For others, it means new aches and pains. For still others, each passing decade is something to celebrate, as they begin to get in touch with a deeper wisdom and an appreciation for each day.
How do you feel? Are you comfortable with getting older? What do you see as the positives — as the negatives? I think this is an important thing to think about, and to talk about with friends and family. We’re all getting older by the minute. I don’t say that to cause you discomfort. I point that out, because it’s an inevitable truth. It doesn’t help us to pretend that it isn’t so.
What helps is to take an honest, open look at the significance of aging in our lives, and in the lives of the people around us. There are many wonderful examples of people who don’t let age limit or define them. Aging isn’t what it used to be! Aging can be open to as many varied interpretations, as there are people with creative imaginations.
I want this blog post to be a starting point in a continuing discussion around aging. I plan on writing additional posts from time to time exploring some of the various issues to consider for the best aging experience possible.
I would be so grateful if you could share your thoughts on aging! If you’re comfortable doing so, you can use the comments section of this post, or if you’d prefer, you can send a private email to me — firstname.lastname@example.org. What are your concerns? What are you looking forward to? What are the examples of healthy aging in the people around you? Have you learned concepts that could help the rest of us as we age? We can all grow and develop through shared ideas!
Until next time,