The classic existential question in the
later years of life…
“Is it okay to Have Been Me?”
Today there is a more relevant question!
“How can I make the next chapter in my life meaningful and enriching?”
It is not a hedonistic question.
- At least 15 years have been added to life expectancy since most people 55 plus were born.
- Most people in this age group are healthier and better educated than in the past — and, are not ready for the stereotypic lives of “Seniors” or the “Elderly.”
- There will be age-related challenges but it is not just a downward spiral. Everyone knows someone who is not living the stereotype of his or her age. The evidence is now mounting — not only are enriching experiences possible, the very act of engaging enhances the mind and body’s potential to do so in the future.
- On those stereotypes, most of us form life scripts in childhood that set perceptions, expectations of “life” at a given age.
- These perceptions and expectations don’t fit people living 55 plus in the 21st century.
- New life scripts are works-in-progress, being written by those of us living 55 plus.
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