Do you dread getting older? If you are over 30 there is a good chance you do.
I remember vividly when I turned 30…. I was distressed. I had a sense that my youth was over. I felt I had to “grow up” and act may age. Until this point I thought I would be forever young.
I have always been one of those people who wanted to stay young. The Peter Pan idea. But wanting to be a Peter Pan did not stop me from growing older 🙂
Hey there are whole industries on anti aging and slowing down the aging process.
If you have been reading my blog for a while you will probably know my Dad passed away last year and my Mother went into full time care. This added to my dread of the aging process. Seeing people in care is not all that pretty!
A friend tagged my when she shared this video on Facebook earlier this week. A TED talk by Jane Fonda. It is a very refreshing view on aging. At 76 Jane is still very attractive and has a wonderful view point on the last third of our lives.
It is only 11 minutes or so and if you are over 30 I think you will enjoy it – over 50 it I think you will love it. It really is about redefining aging.
What did you think? As I am sure you have gathered I love it. I love the idea of redefining aging.
These are the things that really resonated with me:
- The years of “wisdom and authenticity“
- “To finish the task of finding ourselves” – wow – for me I did start my personal development journey in my 20’s and it is not complete.
- “to redefine ourselves and become whole“
- “your freedom to choose how you respond” – that is a big one no matter how old you are
- “the human spirit continues to evolve“……… and my favorite one
- “the upward ascension of human spirit“
It is funny for me as I feel like I know Jane Fonda. When I married my husband and moved to a small country town there was no gym so I purchased her work out videos and we became workout buddies 🙂
I have loved watching the various phases of her life.
I really think this resonated so well with me as I hear people who are baby boomers like me often make statements around things like they are too old to learn new skills – and to that I say …what a load of rubbish!
Just think about it for a minute. In her talk Jane talked about the fact that we are living 34 years longer than our great grandparents did – that, as she put it, is a second adult life!
So we should be redefining aging. We should be also redefining …
- retirement – how old should we be? Our grandparents did not live a whole life time after they stopped working. Why do we think we should? Should we be happy to work longer?
- learning new skills – why do so many people think they are too old to learn?
- changing careers later in life
- expecting the government to take care of us – those days are gone!
If you a baby boomer like me and you do not want to be in the full time workforce but still need to make an income have you considered a home based business? If I can learn how to do this you can too.
So what do you think? Did you like what Jane had to say? How do you think of aging?
I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say. If you enjoyed this post on Redefining Aging and think it may help someone please share it.
Make it a great day.
PS – I have embarked on a whole new career several times over.