This week I attended a meeting of the TheRadicalAgeMovement held at the Ethical Culture Society of NY.
There were close to 100 men and women, anywhere from 60 to 80+++. and one of the topics was “What do you fear the most about getting old?”
The discussion went on for the next three hours, and here are some of the major concerns,
- that I outlive my money
- that I will be incapacitated
- that I will be alone
- that nobody will take care of me
- that I am not part of the world any longer
- that I can’t travel anymore
- that my friends have all died
- that I can’t take care of myself
These fears, all of them, or some of them, I think cross every older person’s mind at one time or another. But we must not allow it to take over our life. One woman said,
“I can hardly sleep when I think of my finances?”
“May I ask you if you are having financial difficulties now? I asked.
“No, my accountant says I will not outlive my money. But I can’t stop worrying because one never knows what might happen.”
No, one doesn’t. But let’s stop and think! Isn’t this is true for any situation in life, and at any age? – you never know what might happen? And haven’t we all heard that worrying changes nothing? Realizing this we should not let an unknown future spoil our today!
I know from my experience that whatever happens in life, life goes on and solutions are found. So maybe now it’s time to smell the flowers (sorry for the cliché) instead of worrying about how they will look when they are wilted.
And never forget – A Smile Changes Everything