I'm worried about aging. There, I said it. I might be the Defying-Gravity gal, but I'm as afraid as the next person of outliving my money, my loved ones and perhaps even my usefulness.
Keep in mind that I'm luckier than most--a member of an all-too-exclusive group of people who have investments, health insurance and an extensive, multigenerational support network. An alarming percentage of my close friends lack at least one of the three, and I can't even count the number of my acquaintances for whom retirement is not even an option.
What I'm getting at is that as much as I believe in letting our passions guide us as we segue from one stage of life to another, I realize that heroic reinvention is still the exception rather than the rule.
Part of the problem is that boomers are caught in a longevity paradox. We want to remain independent, but our savings are insufficient. We want to stay vigorous, but our bodies are starting to breaking down. We want to preserve the environment, but we continue to consume a disproportionate share of nonrenewable resources. And we want to stay in the workforce, but doing so leaves little time for personal exploration and fewer jobs available for our children and grandchildren. (That's my husband and granddaughter in the photo above.)
Until we as a society address these contradictions, far too many of us will spend our final years living hand to mouth or wasting away in nursing homes rather than doing meaningful work or traveling the globe. The most vulnerable among us will continue to fall through the cracks.
These articles might interest you :
If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This paradox is the perfect philosophical cliché, often asked but rarely... Read moreBy Realizingresonance
Here’s an extremely thought-provoking guest post by Megan Evans, Research Assistant at the University of Queensland in Kerrie Wilson‘s lab. Read moreBy Bradshaw
If this galaxy is full of aliens, one of these mighty civilizations would already be old enough to be spread throughout the galaxy. They are all around us. How... Read moreBy Gabe12logan
Why is the sky black at night? If the Sun was on two times farther away than it is, then we would receive a quarter of the quantity of photons that we now... Read moreBy Gabe12logan
The Mind-Body Problem is a huge predicament in Philosophy, and science for that matter, and it speaks to our lack of true understanding of what consciousness is. Read moreBy Realizingresonance
How long can you expect to live? The Longevity Game gives you a peek into your future by identifying the factors that can lead to a healthier, more productive... Read moreBy Gerard
HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, HUMOR, RANDOM
My friend and colleague at the Centre National de Recherche Scientfique (CNRS), Laboratoire d’Ecologie Systématique & Evolution based at the Université... Read moreBy Bradshaw
MOST POPULAR FROM LIFE COACH
- Spoiler Alert (BoxyCharm May 2017 #3) by Elisabeth
- Today’s Freebies (04/24/17) by Elisabeth
- Remodel your Bedroom and patio for a fresh look-Bedroom Patio Ideas by Sahi
- Today’s Freebies (04/25/17) by Elisabeth