For the past several years I have been interested in learning to 'live life to the fullest'. There are so many misconceptions about aging so I have read, studied, absorbed all I could about how I could age gracefully.
My daughter Susan sent me a link to Maria Shriver's Summitt on Aging and I signed up right away. It's been online all this week, 2 sessions per day and I have sat taking notes and loving it all. Well, not all but most. Alas, today is the last day. It was free if you watched it this week, you can pay if you wish to have it available permanently. If I'd had any idea it was going to be so insightful, I would have sent you a link before it happened but I didn't. Sorry.
Being 88 there are times I feel really old. Other times I feel energized and ready to go on a new adventure. I guess that's common. But, I learned that 80% of how we are at this age depends on us. On our mindset and our willingness to reinvent ourselves. Of course, there's the other 20%, genetics, environmental, accidents, etc that we can't control.
I am so inspired right now and I don't intend to lose that if I can possibly help it. There was a 95 year old woman on there who is in an aging study. She was delightful. There was Goldie Hawn. I always thought of her as that ditzy blonde on Laugh-in. Had no idea she has a foundation to teach children how their brain functions and how to deal with stress and other issues. So, I have a new respect for her. There was William Shatner. Did you know he was 90!! When was it he went up in space? Just recently. He has a new album out, is taking the family to Hawaii in a couple months, fell off a horse a couple weeks ago while out riding. And, he is a big advocate for those wheel chairs in airports for getting around. He was so funny. 90!! What an inspiration.
There were expert on aging, nutrition, genetics, so much more. I loved it. I am ready for a new chapter in my life. How about you?