Your Attitude May be Aging You
Some people are old at 18 and others vibrant, alive and loving life at 88. I think that “old ” is an attitude and regardless of age when one stands still they stagnate. ~Author Unknown
According to numerous studies your attitude toward aging directly influences your psychological well-being. Regardless of how liberated we’ve become, many people still view aging as a threat to their sense of self worth and quality of life.
And why not? Our culture and the media have taught us to turn a blind eye to wisdom and experience, seeing instead only weakness and lack of physical beauty (based on society’s standards). Of course, there is also the inescapable fact that the notion of growing older reminds us of our own mortality.
So for as long as they can get away with it, many choose to see those of a certain age as ‘other’ – with different attitudes, tastes and world views. To punctuate this there are the jokes about granny in her walker, or how Uncle Joe can’t figure out the difference between Facebook and Twitter. Because to admit that we may actually have anything in common with our seniors is to acknowledge that one day we will be like them.
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. ~Samuel Ullman
Self Fulfilling Prophecies
How you choose to react to whatever changes or challenges you may face in life is a direct reflection of your attitude. Typically, those who believe that as one ages it is possible to remain an active, vital and healthy member of society take better care of themselves and view adversity for what it is – temporary. When they experience twinges of age related aches and pains, they set out to find healthy ways to compensate for, or work around any potential limitations, rather than resigning themselves to what they believe is the inevitable shrinking of quality of life.
Can your attitude really become a self fulfilling prophecy? Research has shown that those who have a positive view of aging live happier, more fulfilled lives and stay healthier longer. In fact, more than seven years longer according to a study conducted by Becca R. Levy, PhD, of Yale University.
Sometimes, people use age as a convenient excuse. ‘I’m too old to start something new’ or, ‘I couldn’t learn that at my age.’ Other people, though, go on to achieve their greatest accomplishments in life in later years. ~Catherine Pulsifer
Never Put an Age Limit on Your Dreams
Ruth Yorkin Drazen started a new career as a documentary filmmaker in her 70s, after a long career managing medical foundations.
About the need to use a walker since a fall she took while crossing the street from her Manhattan apartment to Carnegie Hall Drazen says, “I don’t give a damn – I’m happier today than I’ve ever been. The fall was actually a blessing, because it forced me to sit down and think quietly about what I really wanted to do.” The 91 year old award winning filmmaker is currently working on her sixth film.
John Lowe is 91 years young. At the age of 79 he took up ballet and scored his first starring role at the age of 88. Mr. Lowe is a retired soldier and prisoner of war survivor, art teacher, theatre director and the grandfather of 11.
“Dancing is the most amazing feeling and you come home mentally uplifted after listening to all this brilliant music. I remember being in the prisoner of war camp starving and doing hard labor and thinking there was a good chance I might not make it. But look at me now!” ~John Lowe
In my next post I’m going to talk about how to cultivate an empowering mindset about life, but in the meantime I’d like to share with you an article titled Life is Good at Bliss Habits, a blog about attitude and life by my friend and fellow blogger, Kathy Sprinkle.
Whatever you do, please remember this … life doesn’t give up on us, we give up on life. The joy and fulfillment you get out of life is in direct proportion to the passion you put into it.
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