I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because my 50th High School reunion was this past summer (yes, yes shocking!!) but I’m struck by the need to share some of my thoughts on aging. As we know, aging definitely has its issues. That’s undeniable; but, today I’m thinking about the idea that where we are today is the culmination of all the years that have come before. For me, that’s 67 years..67!!!! How can that be!!

With all the twists and turns of life, here I stand. So the question is, WHAT NOW?? I am not “young”. I am not “old”. I am in between. I am what I call a PRO-AGER; that is, those of us choosing to age with positivity and curiosity. It’s not always an easy task…there are challenges…but there are always challenges. It’s how we respond to them that really makes the difference!! It’s a choice…and although the choice can be clear the road towards it can be winding as well as bumpy…

It is in this journey that we learn. It is in this process that we grow, that we evolve and that we thrive. It is in this process that we live.

If I could tell you just one thing…

It would be to uplift and encourage another to be the best that they can be…even if it simply means listening to her…step up and be present…it may help more than you realize.

The Tough Stuff: Our Parents

 One of the most difficult things, during this later stage of life, is the fact that our parents are most likely in their last years. How sad it is to watch as well as to manage! There are no words to describe it.

2014 is when this began for me with my Mom and it was the most heart- wrenching time. What I want to share about this, though, is how best to cope while you and your family go through this. Allow yourself to handle it in the way that works for you… no self judgement…no self-condemnation.

Do let others be there to support you. It is so important to allow this. You do not have to go through it alone.. a sense of family, as well as community, can lift you up when you feel like falling down.

As I’m writing this, it’s bringing me back to that time and it’s still tough to think about. So I’m turning it over to you.. I would love to hear your thoughts and stories of how you navigated, or are navigating, through this very difficult moment of time.

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