Ah, the month of love!
As February rolls around, Valentine’s Day is in the air – literally. You couldn’t miss the coming of Valentine’s Day if you tried. Between the TV specials, stuffed bears and candy for sale everywhere you look, love-songs on the Internet and the ever-present jewelry commercials, the month of love is categorically upon us.
After my previous post on pet peeves I felt I should do as promised and highlight what I love about life in my 60s.
It is only natural that as we get older certain things and situations will annoy us from time to time. But on balance there is so much more to enjoy and be grateful for.
When we’re past 60 and in the third phase of our life, there is a tendency to seek the familiar, to seek comfort and live out our days with measured excitement.
Organized travel tours, cruise ships to explore new places, temperature controlled homes to keep our bodies comfortable, gym memberships to stay healthy and fit.
This funny thing called OLD.
Just who could solve its mystery?
Why should it make
A fool of me?
We use the word old to describe millions of people, things and events every day. Old friend, old pal, old man, old woman, old boy, old fool, old chap, old love, old tree, old book, old chair, old-fashioned, older than dirt!
A ticking clock in your home can affect you in ways you may not realize.
One of the primary effects of living with a ticking clock is that you are likely to feel that time is limited or running out for you. This is because the constant background ticking noise provides a continual reminder that time is passing. Your conscious mind soon learns to tune it out but your subconscious continues to hear every tick.
Many years ago, when I turned 50, I came to the realization that there are two distinct approaches to the aging process. In fact, they were so obvious and so disparate, that I chose to call my company Aging Disgracefully.
Years ago, I wrote a children’s book for my grandchildren called Find Joy. It is the story of a grandma who spends the day with her grandchildren as they hunt for what they think is a person named Joy. She shows them by the activities they are doing, the places they are going and the play they are engaging in that they can find joy in their life and be joyful.
As children, we are full of enthusiasm and self-confidence. We want to try new things and explore new places. We want to push the boundaries. We also have an innate appreciation of our individuality and uniqueness. We want to be different.
Increased longevity has created a new life stage in the middle of our lives – not at the end – and I call it Middlescence. Think of it as a second adolescence, but with wisdom, resources and the beauty of not caring so much about what the world thinks!