How much can you control your experience of being older?
What do you want to do when you get old?
What is your attitude towards getting older?
Rethink the Idea of Older
Social science supports, and tends to define, older people by their disabilities. In fact, the media or pharmaceutical companies, bombards us with messages about how we’re going to fall apart. In addition, we’re told that our bodies are losing vitality, and our minds are becoming less sharp.
As a result, the prospect of getting older can sound disheartening. At the same time, people don’t define themselves so negatively. To put it another way, in aging, as with anything else, attitude can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. On the other hand, when we instead focus on what’s important to us, we can become happier and healthier.
You’re probably happier than you used to be.
A number of studies finds that people’s levels of happiness climbed between the ages of 65 and 85 — and beyond. Another key point, happiness isn’t necessarily driven by things that happen in life. Significantly, it’s something deep and quite human within us. (LongHappyLiving)
What does your older life look like?
Picture yourself at age 65, 72, 89 — however old you will be in five years. For example, where will you be? Also, what makes you feel satisfied? In particular, our biggest danger is often self-limiting thoughts. As an illustration, when we state the same fear-based beliefs over and over again, we predict our outcome.
Frequently, we are as old as we feel. To clarify, when you’re young, this sounds like a cliché. But as you get older, you get it. In general, some much older folks stay vital, keep active and live life to its fullest. On the other hand, others shut down at the first sign of needing reading glasses. All things considered, it’s the attitude we bring to the table that is important. Consequently, those with positive perceptions of their aging live an average of 7.5 years longer than those without. (SatisfactionAging)
What you want to do when you get old?
A friend of mine once gave a talk about our perception of “old”. Significantly, he found that we believe “old” is about 15 years older than we are now.
Think about this: Kimani Maruge enrolled in first grade at 84. At 98, Tao Porchon, is a master yoga instructor, and ballroom-dancing competitor. Grandma Moses began painting at 75, and lived to 100, still painting. Mieko Nagaoka, took up swimming at the age of 80 and at 100 became the world’s first centenarian to complete a 1,500-meter freestyle swim.
· British war veteran and lifelong jazz pianist, Edward Hardy, went to live in a nursing home at the age of 95 because he had dementia. A worker at the facility placed a classified ad site asking if any musicians would come play with Hardy, and over 80 musicians came out.
· Johanna Quaas was 86 when she wowed the crowd at the 2012 Cottbus World Cup on the parallel bars.
· Lan Yin Tsai, 90, is an unofficial icon of the 160-mile Bike MS City to Shore ride held each fall in South Jersey. She says, “The body stops moving because you decide to stop moving.”
· Mary Cotter, was a long-time volunteer at the Montclair Senior Center On her 103rd birthday, she dressed up as Wonder Woman, and celebrated by serving coffee, tea and water.
What can YOU do?
You know sometimes being active can be a challenge. That is to say, it can be a conflict when your favorite show is on TV. And I get it; you’re busy, and you want to relax. All in all, maybe you don’t want to run a marathon or write the next great novel.
Luckily there are a lot of ways to be active. Notably, not all of them involve jumping off cliffs, or doing death defying trampoline moves. For one thing, the list of activities you might enjoy is extremely long. To put it another way, it’s easy to make small changes to your lifestyle right now, and become more active.
The point is we’re all capable of continuing to climb higher on the rungs of our ladder of potential. Here are three ways of being that can keep you actively engaged and living well.
Discard the myth, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” — To begin with, we’re all able to learn and grow in some way. In particular, holding onto this belief keeps us stuck.
Keep an open mind — In other words, stay open to new possibilities instead of doing what we’ve always done.
Practice curiosity — To emphasize, when we’re curious, the world is our oyster. For this reason, keep a spark of excitement and wonder alive. Furthermore, remain involved, engaged and interested. In summary, curiosity encourages us to explore new ideas and things.
With this in mind, stop asking how to start, and take one step.
Calm Your Mind; Power Up Your Life
My name is Jacqueline Gikow. I’m an enthusiastic, supportive personal trainer and wellness coach in New York, inspiring a healthy, active, and vital life now and tomorrow. This article was first published at Audacious-Aging.NYC®
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