Month: April 2012

Getting it Together after Fifty

Getting it Together after Fifty

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I think we pretty much all are in agreement by the time we reach fifty and sixty: Life is not a simple thing! In fact, in many ways, it just becomes more complex the older we get. The good news is that we now have a rich arsenal of experience upon which to draw as we face each new challenge. We are better equipped to find the meaning and purpose in our day-to-day existence and we finally have the mental and emotional time and freedom to do so.

This chapter in our lives is a work in progress, just like every chapter that has gone before. We think about things, struggle with things, grow and change, evaluate and discard and it’s all good. Here are a few of the things I’ve been thinking about. I always enjoy your thoughts and value your feedback. Sharing the journey makes it richer for all of us.

From my blog:

The Life of the Creative

What Do You Long For?

Childhood Memories & a Naturopath

Zen and the Art of Aging

On Huffington Post/Huff50:

Keeping Up Appearances: Who Would we be if we Quit Talking About Aging?

A New Way of Looking at Aging

Are You Still Pretending to Be a Younger Version of Yourself?

Are You Still Pretending to Be a Younger Version of Yourself?

I know that’s a really loaded question! But, an important one. We live in a youth obsessed culture. We are enamored with being young, beautiful and physically fit. There’s so much more to life! I shared a few of my thoughts in a recent article on Huffington Post: Keeping Up Appearances, Who Would We Be if We Quit Talking About Aging?  I think this is an important conversation that it’s time to bring out in the open.

Why are we so afraid of getting old? Why are we horrified at the thought of wrinkles and a little extra adipose tissue? Why do we put our physical appearance at the top of our list in importance when we consider the things we value about ourselves? Wander into any retail store and you will see aisles of skincare products from Clinique, Mario Badescu, Hydroxatone, among many others. I’m sure we all agree that physical health and well-being are pretty basic to enjoying life but given the amount of conversation we have around this topic, I can’t help but think there’s something more motivating our intense interest. What might that “something more” be?

Perhaps it’s a fear of death, or a fear of losing our power in our relationships with the men in our lives, or a fear of losing relevancy if we’re no longer young and pretty. I’m sure the reason is different for everyone, but the common result is the same. We are living in fear of aging. Let’s figure out why so we can put it behind us and get on with life!