As the numbers climb up and up—I’ll be eighty-five this month—I’m wondering what is left for me to do in this life. Fortunately, I’m in good health and my mind is still sharp—perhaps not as sharp as it once was but I can still do crossword puzzles. I am, however, feeling like the world sees me as “finished”—an old lady.
Any tips on keeping a young mindset in a society that sees me as old, old, old.
Getting Up There
Dear Getting Up There,
Andre Maurois, a French author, once wrote, “Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.”
Of course, aging is real and more than “a bad habit” as Maurois claims. Some people age more quickly than others; disease sets in or injuries happen that speed up the aging processing keeping a person from doing all they wish to do.
On the other hand, when we’re busy doing what we love, making a difference, setting and accomplishing goals, we’re less likely to notice or care about our age.
I recently read “Barefoot in the Grass, the Story of Grandma Moses,” the famous painter who got her start in her late 70’s. Be inspired by her and the people below.
- Julia Hawkins, 103, oldest woman to compete on an American track – started running at 100.
- Nola Ochs, 95, recently earned her bachelor’s degree then went on to earn her master’s at 96 – moved into the campus dorms.
- Sister Madonna Bruder completed over 45 Ironman competitions and continues to compete at 86.
- Harley Davidson rider, Gloria Tramontin Struck, 90, intends to embark on a cross country ride at 100.
- Oldest newlyweds are George (103) and Doreen (91) Kirby.
It’s not all about “doing,” it’s also about becoming and contributing, but I hope the actions of these people will inspire you.
Stop caring about what “society” thinks. What YOU think is most important. Do you have interests you want to rekindle, new challenges to take on? Do any of the people above inspire you to set a new goal for yourself?
Go for it! Wishing you a Happy Birthday and many more!