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Are you Growing Older or Growing Bolder?

By Mary Lou Harris April 03, 2022 Mindset

There are a number of resources that I go to when I need an attitude reset or to experience another point of view. I look to podcasts and articles, Sixty and Me being one of my favorite go-to locations on the web.

Because I am a person who is wired to keep moving, whether it be running, hiking of just taking a cool morning walk, I look as well for information particular to the senior fitness community. I find it helpful to have a sense that I am not alone in my desire and need to remain physically fit and perhaps improve and refresh my body and my mind.

Growing Bolder

I was introduced to the Growing Bolder organization several years ago. Lately, I am finding more and more wisdom in their articles and podcasts. If you are not familiar with Growing Bolder, I’d like to share it with you now.

Growing Bolder is a media group made up of a number of creative people who produce material that more or less turns the tables on aging. Their articles come from a viewpoint of the positive aspects or age, particularly for people over the age of 50. The more articles I read and the more podcasts I hear, my own outlook and attitude toward my age improves.

While my own interests that I continue to pursue, running and writing being two of them, are covered in many of Growing Bolder features, there is something here for everyone. Recent articles with a fresh take on crafting and social gaming are some examples featured in the recent online magazine.

Another aspect of the material they provide is that you and I will likely see versions of ourselves on their pages. They include in their mission to share “inspirational stories of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.”

Taking the Challenge

And aren’t we all living extraordinary lives? No other generation has had the opportunities and longevity that we are experiencing. Although there are moments of frustration with the amount of information and required learning thrown at us, we are also graciously continuing to learn at an incredible rate.

It seems our world requires that in order to maintain our finances, communicate with business, organizations and family we must do it with ever-changing technology. We take that challenge because we are an amazing generation.

Marc Middleton expresses that sense better than I can. Here is a clip from the 60 Second Soapbox on the Growing Bolder site.

When I occasionally catch myself joining in ageist comments or falling into that state of mind, I go to the 60 Second Soapbox for a reset.

The underlying sense I feel through the material available on this site is that we folks over the age of 50 are a resilient lot. Yes, there are opportunities for us that were perhaps not available to our parents and grandparents. But so too are health issues, unexpected family dynamics and care issues, financial upsets after a life of careful planning. This is where the resilience comes in.

Do you occasionally fall into the “ageist” mode? If so, how do you bring yourself out of it? Are there resources you reach for to give yourself a pep talk?

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The Author

Mary Lou Harris is a proponent of active living, community volunteerism and inquisitive travel. After a post age 60 retirement from a career in public service, she expanded those interests to include ultra-trail running, hiking and extended-stay travel. She can be contacted through her website or on Twitter at @stillarunner.

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