What if growing old wasn't such a bad thing?
Sure, we may not be able to move as quickly as we did as a child or early teen, but it doesn't mean we've lost our spark. In fact, there are MANY people on this planet who are living joyful, vibrant, exciting lives deep into their 80s, 90s, and even over the century mark. Our beloved cast member, Jerry Rosenblum was certainly one of them, and such an inspiration. Sadly, he passed away shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday, but WHAT A LIFE he lived.
So how do we aspire to live this way, and what can we do to motivate ourselves and inspire others who have MUCH to offer, especially wisdom in the later years of life? Let's begin this conversation by looking at a few questions.
1. If you are 70+, are you living your BEST life? Is there something you always wanted to do, but put off due to obligations, raising a family, choosing a career first, or anything else that put your dream on the backburner? What is that dream, and how can you follow it NOW? It's never too late. Who can you reach out to for support and encouragement?
2. If you are between say 40-70 years old, these are AMAZING years. They may not feel like it at times. You realize that things don't quite function the way they once did, or you have so much on your place, that you're overwhelmed, but that doesn't mean you give up. In fact, these are your BEST years if you think about it. You've experienced quite a bit, so you've gained a lot of wisdom, yet you still have a good way to go if you look at life as a gift. How can you make the most of this amazing time you have? What dreams have you been putting off until "the time is right"? NO MORE! Follow them NOW!
Also at this age, you may have parents or grandparents who fall in the top category. How can you support them in following their dreams? Perhaps TOGETHER you can pursue and achieve the dreams you share in your heart. Take this time to have that conversation.
3. If you are between say 10-40 years old, you're just getting started. How can you support the older members in your family, or friends in the top category? How can you show support and encouragement, while also sharing your own dreams with them? Our friend Jerry had some great friends in this age group who not only brought out his youthful spirit when they spent time together, but who them themselves lightened up because of him.
So let's get this conversation going. Post below where you fall in these categories, and how you can do your part moving forward.