I would like to have an open conversation and call it “Redefining Aging: Redefining Ourselves.”
I look around and see so many variations of how we arrive at midlife, how we age, what we think of ourselves, how we are portrayed in various forms of media, and the infinite and amazing variations among people. Here I am, in my mid-fifties, teaching a class on “Midlife through Retirement: A Path Forward,” and here’s a sexagenarian (someone in their 60’s) teaching Zumba, and a septuagenarian launching an art career. Instead of sliding into traditional retirement, many (“old people”) are looking for ways to give back to others, to do good in the world, or to try something new. Then there are many who avoid thinking about the future at all, because they feel they are “too old” or things “too hard” to change. Some are depressed by the mere thought of growing older (even though they are still "young"), while others feel more relieved, liberated, and strengthened as they age. What gives?
What do we think about ourselves and what’s next in our lives? Do we age mindfully or do we fall into it as time comes? How will your life be similar or different from that of your parents and past generations? What changes are you making now to adapt, to create the future you want?
It would be a great conversation, one that would be rich with personal histories and life experience -- and it might awaken us to new realities and open new doors.
People always say, “transitions take much longer than you think,” so now is a good time to start thinking about your path forward.
If you’d like to explore what’s next in your life, regardless of your age, please join me in my North Seattle College course, which runs February 23 - March 15.
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.