Bette Davis once said: “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”
There are over 108 million people in the U.S. alone who are over the age of 50, according to the AARP. That’s a lot of potential “sissies”! Certainly those of us who are lucky enough to have lived awhile are no strangers to the challenges that come with the privilege. But frankly, I don’t see a lot of my contemporaries aging with cowardice. What I do see, are more and more older adults following their long awaited dreams; pursuing their bucket-list goals; dusting off those instruments or artists’ palattes from years gone by; and evolving into amazing versions of their best selves. While it is true that “ageism” is one of the nasty “isms” that still seems to still be permissible in an “anti-aging” culture, we have decided instead to remain confident our wisdom, talents and accomplishments, and let go of the things we have no control over.
I believe that aging is something to be grateful for (not everyone got the chance to still be on the planet). It is not something we could–or even should have to fight, resist, or modify at any cost–because sometimes the price of joining an “anti-aging” pipedream is really too high. And I’m not just talking about dollars and cents.
My book “Aging Happy: How to Knock Out the Nonsense and Enjoy the Best Years of Your Life“will be published by Linden Press this coming November, and I am so excited to bring it to you! It will offer information and inspiration on making each day of your life the best it can be. The articles on this site, and in my upcoming podcast will also help to give you the confidence you need to change patterns that no longer serve you, and implement actions that will afford you more joy.
Channel 8’s own Ann Nyberg interviewed me about this topic several months ago:
I welcome your ideas and thoughts! Just let me know what topics are important to you as we embark on this exciting journey together.
JOIN ME ON Friday, April 5th 12:15-1:30 at the OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING OLLI Cafe’ Event @ UCONN in Waterbury. AGING HAPPY: HOW TO MAKE THESE THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE. To register call 203-236-9924 or 236-9925