“Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.
~ Miguel Angel Ruiz, Author of The Four Agreements
Just how “old” are you?
As times continue to change and life expectancy rates increase, are you aging according to traditions or redefining your notions of what it means to be “old”?
When I grew up in the 1960s, “old” began at age 30.
Anyone from that era will recall prime time TV featuring commercials for Geritol, the famous “pick-me-up” tonic we all needed — starting at age 35.
AARP (known back then as the American Association of Retired Persons) spoke for life’s brief final chapter with membership for those aged 50 and over. AARP’s popular magazine addressed a nation of yawners. We were expected to retire in our late fifties and early sixties and meet with our local undertaker soon thereafter.
Surprisingly, that was the collective experience of many of that era.
But not today.
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re living in a whole new world.
The former benchmarks for aging are rapidly getting replaced. These days, we might not finish getting an education till we’re close to 30. We’re often postponing marriage and childbearing into our mid-thirties and beyond. We are reinventing ourselves in our 40s and 50s and expecting to work well into our 70s.
It’s an era defined by new experiences and new paradigms that we couldn’t envision several decades ago.
If you’ve always believed that birth dates and social norms were responsible for your life experience, maybe it’s time to think again. Your mindset plays a major role in determining how you age.
My most recent podcast on age-ism will bring you into my childhood experiences. As a point of reference, I share recollections of growing up with Grandma Gits who was born in the late 1800s. Like many others in her era, she believed in growing old — early.
Hopefully, my personal reflections will inspire and empower you to make aging a matter of your own mindset and choice!
Start “Living Happy – Inside Out” as you decide just when — and how — you expect to age!
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NOTE: Want a little more information and inspiration on the topic of age-ism and how it’s not what you used to think? Check out my interview with AARP’s Jen Lee Reeves on the following video. Click here and scroll ahead to the 2 minute mark!
Maura Sweeney is a Podcaster, Author and Speaker
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