On Aging Well

Wellness, 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.

Ageless and Well

 

 The writing on this site is directed towards women who are aged 50 and over who have a very strong desire and drive to live with joy, and be ageless and well, in mind, spirit and body.

 

 

 

We are the Boomers

 

 

We are children of the sixties – and we’ve seen a lot.
We remember what rock and roll was like before the corporations.
Our coming of age was about flower power, free love (and birth control.)
Our mythology is Woodstock and missions to the moon.

 

We are not aging like the generations before us.

 

We are questioning (or rejecting) the concept of retirement, of doing ‘what you are supposed to do’ once you reach a certain age. And on this one, we are writing the road map as we go.

 

And yet...

 

we are also at the age where big life changes are looming
or are already here in how we live and work:

it could be downsizing, care-giving – or both – or changes in our own health.
We are at a point of taking stock of what is, and isn’t, working in our lives.

 

We share a desire :

 

to learn,
grow,
challenge our mind, body and spirit,
and continue to do what we love —
for the rest of our lives.

 

 

We want to offer our best,

 

 

keep our hearts open. and find grace and beauty around us.

Sometimes we will fall short of the mark, even if it is in our own eyes only.

 

We take inspiration

 

in the amazing creative energy of some of those who are coming of age today;

other times we find it in remembering the fearless people of our own youth.

 

We are ageless and well.

 

 

We are finding our voices.

We are reclaiming our wildness.

 

 

So hop on in!

 

Where would you like to explore?

Are you interested in wellness?
How about movement and health?
Downsizing and minimalism?

Check the links below.

 

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.

Isadora Duncan

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