The Good News About Aging
Thank you, whoever you are, for making my very first blog post ever have, at least, one reader! I have high hopes that many will follow. I’d like as many men and women as possible to hear the good news about aging, especially about the opportunities for vital living in the Second Half of Life. I want to offer information and support to help others “make their later half their greater half.” I’m convinced how we think about aging impacts how we age for better or worse. I’d like to help the effect be for the better.
You Gotta Have Hope
Without hope, we’re in deep trouble. With it, we have reason to persevere through even the most trying life events. My message is one of hope backed by concrete information and support for vital living in your elder years.
Here is Hope 101: Each of the challenges of the second half of life is also an opportunity. Retirement, the empty nest, lost meaning and purpose, lost relationships, worries about the future can be daunting. They can, also, cause us to grow in amazing ways we would not have without them.
Avoiding Frustration and Anxiety
Much of the frustration and anxiety in dealing with the new challenges stems from trying to use what worked for us in the first half of life. In fact, our first strategy is often to try first half modes even harder only to find they don’t work. In my early posts and other materials, I will address some of the shifts needed in the second half to capitalize on the opportunities. In the following level of posts, I will make what was general more detailed and practical.
Opportunities and Growth: More Good News About Aging
The second half is a surprisingly fertile season for growth, although we might normally think of it as the autumn of our life. It is, also, a time for healing. As happens in spring, what appeared to be dead comes back to life, even abundant life. I have seen clients experience healing of issues, in a relatively short time, they had dragged with them most of their life: inability to relax, chronic low-level depression or anxiety, lack of assertiveness and inability to take care of themselves without feeling guilty are some of the key ones.
Opportunities truly abound as we move towards or through our elder years. The second half is prime time for spiritual growth even as our physical bodies begin to lose their youthful looks and abilities. A natural outcome of the experience and wisdom we have gained is to be of service for the common or greater good as well as to our families. We can remake meaning and purpose rather than believing that our useful time of life is past.
Keep Coming Back
If you are even somewhat interested, I hope you will keep coming back to see how all this unfolds and what it might produce for your second half. If you know others who might be interested, please tell them. Getting the word out about the second half opportunities is difficult. Even the term “second half of life” is not well known. I sometimes feel as if I’m standing at the entrance of a gold mine waiting to direct people in to find their share of the gold but only a few know how to even get to the mine. I’m hoping my new blog will provide the map. Thanks for stopping by.