Do you realize that, once you turn fifty, you’ve lived 18, 250 days on this earth? That’s an amazing number—even for a milestone birthday. And, as we boomers become older, it is even more essential to our health and wellbeing that we choose to spend our days wisely and well.
Mary Jo Kreitzer, director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, shares her thoughts on aging in the article, A Good Age. “I think of growing whole, not just growing old. We’re all going to age. Growing whole is developing my full capacity as a human being.”
What a lovely shift to that stale and dispiriting paradigm society teaches us about older age. Rather than quietly shuffling off to the sidelines, Kreitzer encourages people over fifty to ask themselves the big picture questions, engage fully in life, and come into their “wholeness” with purpose and intention.
What do I care about?
What do I discern my purpose to be?
What are my dreams?
What would I do if I weren’t afraid?
As the great Betty Freidan once said: “Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
Who better than us boomers to celebrate the second and third seasons of our lives with strength, intention, and the search for wholeness?
And, oh yeah, shakin’ our mighty tail-feathers with a healthy dose of that good ole’ hippie chutzpah!