Follow these mandates or grow old ungracefully. Not following these mandates simply increases the odds of becoming a burden. You don’t want to be confined to a miserable existence. It’s obvious that a healthy path will make you more alert and active—as well as a much happier and vibrant person overall.
In a departure from all the aging-related articles, this piece features a mini tour of worldwide data published by reputable organizations who show us the real world.
Here are nine insights on aging from the continuously growing body of books and research I’ve been moving through:
The Hippie movement during the late 60s and early 70s impacted my way of thinking and who I have become. Unfortunately, however, Hippies have always been labeled as “dirty, long-haired, sexually deviant, druggies,” to the dismay of many people like myself who saw the better side of Hippie culture as one of peace, tolerance, anti-materialism, and free-spirited harmonious living.
The article identified six aspects of modern life known to have troubling influences on our psyches (along with suggested cures): meritocracy, individualism, secularism, romanticism, the media, and perfectibility. As I read though these, I thought about how they might apply to getting old, which, in my estimation, jumpstarts once you turn 60, when we reach the beginning of the final three-innings of life (or less depending on your fate).
As I have noted in a good number of previous posts, early old age, which varies for some, ranging anywhere from 45 to 65, brings lots of consternation about who you really are and what you are doing with yourself in work and elsewhere. You come to an intersection where you think more deeply about where your compass is pointing, and it’s almost like going back in time to when you were first trying to figure out what you were going to do with your life.