Are you hip to this bit of wisdom from Bob Dylan?
He [and she] who is not busy being born is busy dying.
We’re living at a time when “aging gracefully” is more doable than ever. The days when young folks had all the fun are over. Days when they had all the freedom. Now it’s totally possible for us to have multiple phases of life that are in fact age-neutral.
Changing the game
These days, people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, even 80s and 90s live very different lives from one another. Some act out beliefs that a certain age means it’s time to be tired. Unhealthy. Overweight. And in many ways done with self-care.
Others still jam away at their dreams and goals. They exercise and eat smart. And some practice self-care strategies like mindfulness and meditation that can truly change the aging game.
A growth mindset is win-win
A continuous-growth approach allows the wisdom of our elder years maximum space and time to develop. Then we can share that wisdom in all kinds of satisfying ways.
And that matters, because we have our own difference to continue to make in the world. Traditional societies have always known this, but modern culture forgot. These days it’s time to change the game back again.
So I say the early 21st century is an amazing time to be “maturing.” What’s possible is up to us.
As birthdays accumulate
And of course no amount of self-care negates everything forever, no matter how much yoga we do. :) In truth, we all need ever greater inner fortitude as our birthdays accumulate.
In light of that truth, bravo to all who are jamming on beyond all kinds of old boundaries. As you walk your own wild, wonderful 21st century path, remember to keep radical self care in the mix, and share your “mature beauty” with the world. Make the difference that’s uniquely yours to make, enjoyably.
Teresa Young wants you living your dream, for real. She coaches by phone, and via Skype outside the U.S.