On Aging WellWellness, Simplicity and Movement
What does it mean to age well?
I suppose every person has their own interpretation and priorities but health is my first priority and for health, movement is the key. At this stage in my life I feel like I am in training for being even older so that when I am in my 80s and beyond, I will have the energy, resilience and interest to do whatever I want.
At the same time, I want good mental wellness which means continuing to learn and grow, and being brave enough to show the world who I am.
Aging well can also mean simplicity. Many of our age group are downsizing ourselves, or downsizing our parents. That can be a beautiful thing, or a painful thing. My first big downsize when I was 45 was a little of both. I want to be surrounded by what is essential to me, and the older I get, the less it is that ‘things’ are essential. Oh I appreciate nice things, but I don’t want to own so much, and have so much to take care of. It is relationships that are essential, relationships with others, even my relationship with nature.
What does aging well mean to you?
My age, in the most important ways, does not define me. Inside, I am ageless: I am me. Outside, that can sometimes be different and I find that younger people do not necessarily understand. A saying I like, attributed to Isadora Duncan that reminds me to be me — me beyond any expectations of what someone of a certain age is ‘supposed’ to be like is this: You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.
I believe it is never too early to train for aging well. But since boomers are my tribe, much of the writing here is directed to boomers. We are all going through similar transitions in our own individual ways. Watch the slide show for some things that I think boomers have in common, that define and interest us.
Thoughts and stories about becoming ageless through finding grace, beauty and balance, keeping our hearts open as we figure out how to be healthy without succumbing to the fear machines.
Thoughts and stories about how we’ve made the body we live in, and how we can change it cell by cell, just through conscious movement.
Thoughts and stories about living more deliberately and getting out of the rat-race of consumption – and finding ourselves in the process.
You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.