Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
– Mark Twain
I don’t know where I read this today – but it’s one of these coincidences I love.
I have been thinking about what I could or would write – it was a lot like
Do I really have to fulfill the expectations of others? I am 51 now and far from leading a “settled” life.
I am at a point where I have to look at what I want for the years to come – and it’s obvious that settling, have a good 9-5 job, is not on my list.
Creating, writing my book, helping others, maybe create a community is my thing.
This life, every day, is an amazing adventure to me -it never stops, not even in the darkest moments.
I remember my Dad’s funeral, in a forest, near a tree – there was so much beauty it made me smile – and grief was easier to bear.
Adventure does not mean the big thing, risky, only available for those travelling through the jungle or climbing high mountains.
It is here, each day, in a smaller way, nonetheless it’s what I need, what makes life worth living.
It can be chatting with a stranger on the train, trying a new sport, learn to drive a bike (maybe scary, yes), writing a poem and sharing it, learn a new language just for fun – you get the idea.
Age does not change that – not that I am old or feel old. It’s strange being told you’re getting older now – and should do this or that – or settle down for God’s sake.
Here’s a great example:
I got my newletter from Louise Hay – she’s turning 90 (!!!) next Saturday – and what an inspiration she still is.
She wrote today :
My own life really didn’t begin to have meaning until I was in my mid-40s. At the age of 50, I began my writing career on a very small scale. The first year I made a profit of $42. At 55, I ventured into the world of computers. They scared me, but I took classes and overcame the fear. Today I have three computers and travel with my iPad and iPhone everywhere! At 60, I had my first garden. At this same time, I enrolled in a children’s art class and began to paint. At 70 and 80, I was more creative and my life continues to get richer and fuller.
I still write, I lecture, I teach through my actions. I am constantly reading and studying. I own a very successful publishing company and have two non-profits. I’m a dedicated organic gardener. I grow most of my own food. I love people and parties. I have many loving friends. I travel extensively. I also am still painting and taking classes. My life has really become a treasure chest of experiences.
I want to help you create a conscious idea of your later years, to help you realize that these can be the most rewarding years of your life. Know that your future is always bright, no matter what your age. See your later years becoming your treasure years.
Instead of just getting old and giving up and dying, let’s learn to make a huge contribution to life. We have the time, we have the knowledge, and we have the wisdom to move out into the world with love and power.
Step forward, use your voice, get out in the world, and LIVE!
So, I intend to live like that and I hope you’ll think about it, too.
Age does not have to stop us from living our lives fully.
If we don’t mind it doesn’t matter 🙂