If you were asked to share what you consider to be the best years of your life, how would you respond? Would you say your twenties (when you were fancy-free and single), your thirties (when your children were young and looked up to you for most everything) or maybe you’d claim your fifties when your menopausal zest kicked in. Whatever your choice, you might be surprised by the findings of a documentary that made the rounds of the national PBS stations. (It’s been out there for a few years, but the message hasn’t changed.)
According to the subjects interviewed in this film, you likely have a while to wait before the best years of your life roll around. These feisty folk are adamant that life begins at ninety! Yep, you read that right—ninety!
Over 90 and Loving It is one of those shows that will touch your heart and lift your spirits. Susan Polis Schutz, acclaimed poet, author, activist, and filmmaker has gifted her audience with a film for the ages… literally! Acting as director, executive producer, and interviewer, Susan sought out and spoke with nonagenarians who shared their thoughts on living a happy and productive life well into old age.
You’ll recognize Pete Seeger (well-known to boomers for such songs as If I Had a Hammer and Where Have All the Flowers Gone?), but Susan also interviewed a ninety-plus year-old cabdriver, a newlywed couple, a recent college grad, and a social activist who mounted a solo march across the country to make her point.
Aside from the belief that their tenth decade on earth is a total blast, these amazing individuals share certain traits in common: they keep a positive attitude, don’t dwell on aches and pains, nor do they worry about much of anything. They keep physically active and stay as healthy as possible. They choose to be around happy people and avoid the nay-saying, negative downer types. They’re curious, engaged, and want to make a difference in the lives of others. And, given this positive and uplifting outlook on life, these senior citizens aren’t afraid of death—rather a great way to live I’d say.
So do yourself a real favor and take the brief 15-minutes to listen to Susan on Feisty Side of Fifty Radio as she shares her experience interviewing these inspiring role models. If ever there were a show to put a smile on your face, this is the one.
And I thought being over 50 was great—now I can’t wait ‘til I hit the big 9-0—it’s gonna be amazing!