Are you familiar with this bit of wisdom from Bob Dylan?
He [—or she—] who is not busy being born is busy dying.
We’re living in an amazing age, one in which another familiar phrase, “aging gracefully”, has more meaning than ever. The days are done when young people had all the fun. All the freedom. All the possibilities for multiple, age-neutral life phases.
It’s possible now for folks who are 50+, 60+, 70+, even 80+ to live dramatically different lives from one another. Some are acting out inherited beliefs in which it’s time now to be tired, to be unhealthy, to be in many ways done with exercise and self-care, with passionately held dreams, goals, and ambitions. Meanwhile, others are exercising longer, eating better, engaging in self-care like it really matters, and developing powerful skills like mindfulness and meditation that truly change the aging game.
An ever evolving, this-is-our-time approach allows the wisdom of our elder years increased space and time to develop. Then we can share that wisdom in relationship and in all kinds of satisfying creative contributions. We have our own difference to continue to make in the world, which traditional societies have always known, but modern culture forgot. These days we’re busy changing the game back again.
So says yours truly:
The early 21st century is a phenomenal time to be “maturing.”
Though of course the eternal fountain of youth remains undiscovered. No amount of self-care negates the reality of eventual aging, or the fact that bad things like disease or other misfortune can still happen to good people no matter how much yoga we do. We need ever greater inner fortitude as our birthdays accumulate.
In light of all that, bravo to all who continue to push with aplomb past all kinds of internal and external boundaries, intentionally living with the consciousness that we humans have never been exactly here before. No one has yet been 50+, 60+, 70+, or 80+ in the ways that are possible to and through us.
So go for it, my dears:
Grow on with your bad selves as, yes,
you keep getting more and more interesting.
In the process, on this wild, wonderful, 21st century journey, reach out for the expert holistic support that you need and deserve to keeeeep living fully.
Left Coast Coach Teresa Young works with clients to accomplish their passion-based goals in healthy, soulful new ways. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.