Aging gracefully…Don’t let your dreams be defined by a number!
In our lifetimes there are certain birthdays that society says hold more significance than others. Turning 13 and entering into the awesome teenage years. Our sweet 16 when dating and driving begin simultaneously. And lets not forget 18, the voting age, or 21, the drinking age, and 25, a quarter of a century.
How many times have you heard someone say “Oh I’m getting so old” and they’re flippin turning 30? Sheesh! The jokesters say 40 is over the hill. And turning 50 is like being on top of the mountain about to go over the cliff.
Well here I stand at the doorstep of 62 and life could not be better!
Aging is one of life’s great contradictions. We all dream of living to a ripe old age, but nobody wants to be old.
That’s why it is important that you don’t let your dreams be defined by a number.
Our culture romanticizes the fantasies of youth, while at the same time we are facing the realities of aging.
I’ll be the first to say deciding to embrace my age was not always easy. Deciding how my age would play into my dreams was not easy either. I never wanted to think of myself as old so I made the decision to not let my dreams be defined by a number.
With all the advances in technology and medicine we are able to live longer, healthier, more productive lives. This helps us to see aging as more of an accomplishment and less of a problem.
AARP recently noted that people over age 50 account for more than $7.1 trillion in U.S. annual economic activity. By 2032 that is expected to rise to more than $13.5 trillion.
People 50+ face different challenges and have different goals than people in their 30’s and 40’s. We view the world through the lens of experience. We now have a better understanding of who we are, what we want, and where we are going.
We are aging gracefully and we are not letting our dreams be defined by our age!
Aging and longevity are giving birth to innovation since the companies that create products to make our lives easier will succeed in the marketplace.
We are workers, caregivers, volunteers, and philanthropists. We are leaders! We are a generation of young seniors that want to live life on our own terms, to make a positive impact on the world and make a difference.
A simple shift in the way we look at things can make a huge impact on our lives. Focusing on physical and mental fitness changes our outlook from decline to aging gracefully. We should concentrate our efforts on preventing disease and improving overall well-being rather than just treating what ails us.
Becoming an active partner in our healthcare empowers us!
We must change the way we view ourselves and reject the thought process that says aging is failing. Instead we should look at aging as a continual growth process.
As for wealth, you’re not trying to become richer than you ever thought, but rather ensure that your money will live as long as you do!
We are living in a very exciting time. The last of the baby boomers has already turned 50 and we expect to live another 30+ years.
Jo An Jenkins, CEO of AARP said, “I believe we can create a society where all people can grow older knowing they’ll have access to the care information and services they need to lead healthy lives with independence and dignity, where they’ll have the financial resources and opportunities to match their longer life expectancy and where they’ll be seen as an integral and inspirational asset to society.”
That’s the true definition of aging gracefully…don’t let your dreams be defined by a number!
When we embrace aging as a natural part of life to look forward to, we discover the true possibilities for living the life of the person we’ve always wanted to be.
Success is built daily…not in a day!
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