In today’s society there are many who would say there is a lot wrong with getting older, and there are equally as many who do everything they can to disguise the obvious consequences of aging. However, the real beauty in aging lies in our willingness to commit to goals that have special meaning for us.
As Karen Pepkin and Kendall Taylor state in their recent book, Senior Wonders: People Who Achieved Their Dreams After Age 60, maturity generally brings perspective and wisdom that enhance our ability to perform in ways that would have been unlikely in our thirties and forties. The book contains tales of those in the 60s, 70s 80s and 90’s who became acclaimed artists, won Emmy awards, became the oldest college graduate or created a care program for children born addicted to drugs.
None of these people had extraordinary skills or unusually comfortable living situations, but they all had a determination to accomplish something that meant a great deal to them. Reading about the “Three P’s” mentioned in Pepkn’s and Taylor’s book encourages you in your efforts and, at the very least, you will have a fascinating read.
The extraordinary accomplishments of the elders in this book helps counter the negative beliefs our society has on aging. Do you, your relatives or friends have untapped potentials or abandoned dreams? If so, consider George Elliot’s comment, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
I think it’s also worth noting that when we take the aging process into our own hands, we are generally happier, and the happier we are, the more likely we are to have joyful relationships with our partners, family and friends.
So, what’s wrong with aging? Nothing when we approach it proactively.
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Editor’s Note: After Fifty Living thanks our good friend, Nora Hall of Survive Your Husband’s Retirement for forwarding this inspirational, helpful article.