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.
As I push myself through this study on aging, I’ve arrived at a point of having to more thoroughly review the research and attempt to synthesize the most salient nuggets of information I have thus far highlighted either electronically on my Kindle, or by underlining in pen, or by swiping across with various-colored highlighters in the many hard-cover and paperback books I own.
In “The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain,” the late Gene D. Cohen, geriatric researcher on positive aging, wrote about a “summing- up” phase in life that typically hits people in their late sixties and into their seventies and eighties. Cohen identified this phase as “a time of recapitulation, resolution, and review.”
There are two cheesy clichés that I repeat to my 63-year-old self on an almost daily basis: “every day, in every way, I am getting better and better,” along with “remember, age is just a number.” These two clichés fit snugly within my positive aging mindset, forming numerous psychological, philosophical, sociological, and spiritual perspectives.
With a view on bolstering such good thoughts, I recently read Thomas Moore’s newest book, “Ageless Soul: Living a Full Life with Joy and Purpose.”