Remember a younger you, but don’t regret your journey to now.
As I continue writing about all things aging, I am reminded that age is just a number. That age number is much less important than the health numbers I write about.
Even in my Conscious Aging Course, I put some focus, not all of course, but some on knowing your numbers.
One of the most damaging things related to your health and your stress levels. there are not stress number but your blood pressure rate is one directly related to the stress in your life. If you do nothing else with respect to your health, work on reducing your stress. Here is a link to my course on learning how to stress less available on Skillshare. Click the link below to get access.
One of the most challenging things I have encountered was being retired/fired from my corporate life. The sting of that loss still hangs around even as I do what I now do, which is writing and creating courses.
Although I must admit I am constantly caught between writing and sharing my perspective on aging and creating courses for the corporate life I no longer worked in. Aging is a fact of life and I have a strong desire to help myself and other do so in the best possibly way. The issue that keeps coming up is the need to also share my 40 years of experience with those who can benefit from it. I continually question why I feel the need to continually be working, outside of the obvious financial one.
So when I write to let go and live, I am really talking to myself?. Working for so many years in a demanding industry there was no other life, which my daughter and even my granddaughter would attest to. So Letting Go of work created a much larger void. I wonder how many others, though have the same issue, especially with the recent downturn in almost every economy. Or perhaps is it just the malady of the older generation. Most from the older generation did not subscribe to the Life/work balance. It was more of a work to make a living, not have a life. The two appear mutually inclusive. If you had a job you didn’t expect to have a life as well. Although that being said, the tradition of having weekends off was rigorously observed. With the next generation, the internet and cellphone everything blends together, work and life.
I wonder how many others, though have the same issue, especially with the recent downturn in almost every economy. Or perhaps is it just the malady of the older generation. Most from the older generation did not subscribe to the Life/work balance. It was more of a work to make a living, not have a life. The two appear mutually inclusive. If you had a job you didn’t expect to have a life as well. Although that being said, the tradition of having weekends off was rigorously observed. With the next generation, the internet and cellphone everything blends together, work and life.
A much different next generation maybe…..
But I would think, maybe not so much. With the next generation, the internet and cellphone everything blends together, work and life. When they consider life/work balance they simply trade the traditional work week for work when they want. Without realizing it given the wonderful mobile world they are in really has them working 24/7 there is no real downtime. Emails and text message come at all time and all hours and they feel compelled to respond.
So maybe when I write to let go and live, I am really saying Let Go of the iPhone and live outside the technology bubble. Sounds good to me, but the question is can someone even of my vintage actually do it?
Many of us purchase food and don’t consume it all before its expiry date. We also purchase clothing that we don’t wear.
We buy magazines we don’t read, and books we forgot we even had.
Life needs books
And today with all the information on the internet we often download “important” stuff that we never open.
That goes double for the things we get for free! Why do we even accept it or download it?
Most of us do so because we perceived a need at the moment, but as time passes so does the need.
All this Stuff – Is it really all that important?
Is it any wonder then that we end up with so much stuff? Our houses are cluttered with unused things. Even our computer hard drives are filled to the brim with articles, books, reports and free stuff we will never use.
Adding to that are key things that we should be using. If you have downloaded a book on some particular health issue then it should be read especially if it is your health issue. Ebook readers are popular these days and almost everyone has one on some device.
e-readers save space and the environment!
The good thing about consuming books and articles this way is that you don’t have to worry about disposing of them when you are done. And if you are concerned about the environment you won’t have to feel guilty about killing trees with your voracious appetite for the written word.
Digital isn’t always appropriate.
My books are almost all digital with exception of workbooks that requires written input if they are to be of lasting value. I have and am considering making then in a format that allows the input to entered digitally, but have a concern that some of my reads will not be able to do so. In the future, you may find that there will be an option for doings so.
On the topic of Stuff, we don’t consume and that litters our homes you can read my book that will help you to get rid of some the tangible items are actually not consumable.
I am sure, when you go through the old family photos, you will come across pictures that show a piece of the family history. I know I have a picture of my great-great-grandfather, whose first name I never knew, but on the back was written the family last name, Rose. This was an old military picture on thick stock, showing a very stern looking man in uniform. As we asked some of our remaining relatives, we developed a picture of who this man was and his story. When we did it, it didn’t seem to big a deal until one of the grandchildren saw the file and was thrilled that she could use that story for a school project. I had long forgotten that schools often have kids do projects around family. So, it was a bonus on top of the original purpose.
Create a lasting picture of your children’s children
If you are a parent with grown children with their own children, I would guess you have a lot of pictures of grandchildren. I would also guess you have taken a lot of pictures of the grandkids that your kids don’t have. Since you are gathering family photos, now is the time when you can also create a lasting legacy for your children. Take the photo, title each one, and write your own story about why you took the picture, where you took the picture, and how you feel about the picture.
I can guarantee you when you write about this Leavings (get the book ), these are the leavings your family will be happy you left.
I guess when we were going to school it was just assumed we were happy. For many, that was the truth, but sadly for others that was not the case. Thankfully today teachers or the education systems are more aware of the emotional health of their students. It is not the intent of this post to get into the good or the bad of any educational system.
The intent is rather to help open your mind to what being Happy means and the role it plays in your life, especially as you get older.
For some getting old seemed to have a pattern that is now out of date. At least in my mind anyway and I hope with my writing and courses to eventually help others see the many benefits being happy offers, especially as we get older.
Society in many ways has changed its perspective on aging and while many of my books seem to focus on the end of life that doesn’t mean I am not focused on Living. I am, very much so.
Life needs books
So while I still have a couple of items around the topic on the end of life to finish off, like the book of “Leavings”, there are several more on the go that speak to living the best of life no matter what your age.
The one I am most excited about is titled – Aging – Let’s Do It Differently! I am sure you will see some of it crop up in my posts as is often the case when I am contemplating, researching and refining what I write.
Not to forget the topic of this post which is also something I have been checking out.
Being happy as we age I’ve learned means different things to different folks. To some, it means contentment with their life. To others it means fulfillment, and still, others say it is satisfaction. I have even had people tell me it was a sense of relief. Whatever you call it I am eager to explore what BEING HAPPY means and how we can learn to be happier. It does seem to have an affect on how we live our lives.
In the meantime check out this short book I wrote on the topic.